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LTourists are invited to postpone their go to. A strike discover was filed by a number of the Eiffel Tower workers, resulting in its closure this Monday, February 19, introduced the monument's working firm (Sete). “Due to a strike notice by some of the staff of the Eiffel Tower, its opening will be disrupted on February 19, 2024. We invite you to consult our website before traveling or to postpone your visit”, is- it acknowledged on its web site.

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This strike was voted unanimously on the common meeting final week, on the name of the CGT and Force Ouvrière. The two union organizations ask the Paris City Hall, majority shareholder of Sete, to be “reasonable in terms of its financial requirements in order to ensure the sustainability of the monument and the company that manages it”.

Poor monetary administration denounced

The unions denounce specifically poor monetary administration of the constructing by town of Paris, which owns 99% of the corporate's capital and which will probably be pressured to extend the charge it collects on its revenues.

This charge collected by the municipality will enhance from 16 million to 50 million per 12 months, regardless that the context doesn’t permit it. “We experienced Covid, so we lost 130 million euros in revenue since we were closed for a year, and the work, particularly because of lead, the budgets exploded by more than 120 million euros. . So, in reality, we find ourselves with a current debt, which was absolutely not planned, of 100 million,” signifies Stéphane Dieu, CGT delegate for workers of the Eiffel Tower, to France Info.

Through this strike, the unions are demanding a “tenable plan” for the financial way forward for the Iron Lady. “A coherent plan for the financial and economic future of the tower means a fee that does not cut into the payroll, which still allows the elevators to be modernized and work and painting projects to be maintained,” explains a member of the CGT workplace to BFM Paris Île-de-France.

Call for a renewable strike

The Iron Lady had already closed its doorways, for a similar causes, on the centenary of the loss of life of its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, on December 27. The CGT denounced administration issues which have been main Sete “straight into the wall”. The union group considers that the financial mannequin is “too ambitious and untenable” and denounces an “increase in revenue based on annual attendance targets of 7.4 million visitors”, i.e. “attendance levels never before reached”.

This name for strike is renewable and threatens to have penalties on visits this week of faculty holidays.