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A sign indicates that the Eiffel Tower is closed due to a strike, in Paris, February 19, 2024.

The Eiffel Tower stays closed, Tuesday February 20, for the second day in a row, resulting from a strike launched by the 2 unions representing employees who denounce the administration of the location, confirmed to Agence France-Presse a consultant of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT).

Paris City Hall, the primary shareholder of the Eiffel Tower Operating Company (SETE), “refuses to negotiate at the moment”, underlined Alexandre Leborgne forward of the overall meeting which should ratify the renewal of the motion. In the center of the winter college holidays and 5 months earlier than the Olympic Games (July 26 – August 11), the CGT and Force Ouvrière (FO) need to power the municipality to alter a mannequin that they think about “untenable” for the SETE.

The two unions, which had already led a strike resulting in the closure of the “iron lady” on December 27, the centenary of the dying of Gustave Eiffel, accuse the Town Hall of “search for profitability at all costs and in the short term”. They ask him to be “reasonable in terms of its financial requirements in order to ensure the sustainability of the monument and the company that manages it”.

Rising costs

The quantity of the price that SETE pays to the Town Hall, the worth of entries and the finances for the works, three important monetary parameters, are being reviewed with an modification to the general public service delegation contract which runs till 2030. The modification have to be validated by this summer season on the Paris Council. The choice envisaged is to extend costs by 20%, however interpretations differ as to the price and the finances for the work.

Last yr, the Eiffel Tower discovered attendance greater than it was earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic, with 6.3 million guests, primarily foreigners (round 80% in keeping with 2023 statistics). However, the financial steadiness was weakened by some 120 million euros in shortfalls in the course of the two years of the well being disaster (2020 and 2021).

To cope, SETE was recapitalized to the tune of 60 million euros in 2021. But to the lack of income was added an equal extra invoice – round 130 million euros – for added prices of renovation work, primarily linked to the present portray marketing campaign, difficult by the invention of traces of lead.

“Many points of corrosion are visible”

Despite the quantities invested, “numerous points of corrosion are visible, symptoms of a worrying deterioration of the monument”100 and thirty-five years previous, the unions are apprehensive, deploring the “100 million euros invested for a partial painting campaign with only 3% of the monument stripped”. They demand the creation of a “special endowment fund” for future work and accuse the SETE and the Town Hall of suspending the modernization of the elevators and the flickering machine.

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The World with AFP