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Through the EU-sponsored project, ‘Leather is my Job!’ (2013-2014) and its follow-up (2015-2017), the European social partners, COTANCE and IndustriAll – European Trade Union, are proud to present the faces and stories of the men and women who have devoted their careers to making leather. Their testimonies should serve to break down the preconceptions and prejudices that affect the leather industry and inspire a new generation of leather workers.

Europe’s tanneries offer excellent opportunities, where young people can realise their potential in an industry that knows no borders and that is as necessary as it has always been. Join the leather industry, bring your talent and achieve your ambitions.

This is a challenging career but, as these testimonies attest, a worthy and rewarding one.

 “Not a job you learn in books!”

Stéphane Mariet, Finishing supervisor, Tannerie Bodin-Joyeux



Project partners & supporters:

COTANCE; industriAll-European Trade Union; UK Leather Federation; ACEXPIEL; Fédération Française de la Tannerie-Mégisserie; Verband der Deutchen Lederindustrie; Associacao Portuguesa dos Industriais de Curtumes; Asociatia Producatorilor de Piele si Blana din Romana; Bulgarian Branch Union of Leather, Furriers, Footwear and Haberdashery Industries; Textile, Habillement, Cuir, Blanchisserie-CGT; UGT-FICA; Confpeltex, Trade Union of Mine-, Energy- and Industry Workers (BDSZ).

Participating tanneries:

Bader GmbH, Charles F Stead & Co Ltd, Curtidos Badia, Curtidos Riba Guixá, Curtumes Boaventura Lda, Curtumes Iberia SA, Dermys Louro SA, Eagle Ottawa, Gmelich + Söhne GmbH, Institute of Creative Leather Technology, HCP-Gordon Choisy, Heller-Leder GmbH, Hutchings and Harding, Iacob Prod, INDUCOL SA, Miret y Cía, Pielorex SRL, Pittards Leather, Scottish Leather Group, Sudleder GmbH, Tanneries Bodin-Joyeux, Tanneries Carriat, Tanneries Dupire, Tanneries Roux, Taro Industry SRL, Tehnomat Merkuriy, Vesa SRL.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the content of this brochure lies with the authors. It does not represent the opinion of the EU. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.