Today in Paris : The Eiffel Tower 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. Excited we went to the Eiffel Tower to fulfill this dream. We walked through the security checks  and…  unpleasant surprise. The guy from the security staff informs 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 don’t know. As the Eiffel Tower workers  strike every year for various reasons I ask them what is the reason their strike this time.  They don’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.

This is the third time in six months when the tower is closed. On the Eiffel Tower webside there is no clear information about how long the strike will last. The information about the strike is  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 make sure that 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 Tuileries…which was closed because of another strike. Fortunately the team of Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre workers don’t strike at the moment so the two little boys from Indonesia were happy in Paris. In spite of the strike on the Eiffel Tower.

 

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