The Eiffel Tower staff strike

Matthew and Nathan are two little boys from Indonesia fascinated by science and architecture. Their big dream was to see Paris from the Eiffel Tower just before Xmas.

They were so excited we went to the Eiffel Tower to fulfill this dream. We walked through the security checks  and here waited for us very unpleasant surprise. The guy from the security staff informed us that the Eiffel Tower is closed due to a strike of its employees. I asked two employees Eiffel Tower how long the strike will last. They didn’t know. As the Eiffel Tower workers  strike happens every year for various reasons I asked them what is the reason their strike this time.  They didn’t know and advise me to ask this question their boss.

As finaly I found out Unions CGT and FO representing the 300-person staff of the tower announced a strike in protest against the “sterility of social dialogue” in the company and “the lack of transparency of strategic decision” made by SETE, Society for the Exploitation of the Eiffel Tower.

It’s good to know but how someone who comes to Paris once in life has to understand it? This was the third time in six months when the tower was closed. On the Eiffel Tower webside there was no clear information about how long the strike will last. As well as the information about the strike was dimly visible.

Usually,  in winter The Eiffel Tower receives around 6,000 visitors daily.Many of them reserved a luxurious dinner or breakfast at the Eiffel Tower several months in advance. Representatives of the Eiffel Tower made sure the money will be returned.The only question is who will reward them  disappointment ?

Undaunted defeat at the Eiffel Tower small tourists from Indonesia admired the art of the Louvre. They wanted to see the former royal gardens and the oldest park in Paris called Tuileries too but it was closed because of another strike. Fortunately the staff  of Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre workers didn’t strike this time so the two little boys from Indonesia were happy in Paris.

 

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