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The most well-known monument in France closed for a 3rd day in a row. The Eiffel Tower will most likely stay inaccessible till Thursday, with the renewable strike launched on Monday by the 2 unions representing workers showing to be slowed down.

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“There is no chance that it will be unblocked overnight (from Tuesday to Wednesday),” Stéphane Dieu, union consultant of the CGT, majority consultant of some 360 ​​staff of the CGT, advised AFP on Tuesday afternoon. Operating firm of the Eiffel Tower (Sete).

The administration of Sete “refuses to negotiate” and the City of Paris, its ultra-majority shareholder, “even refuses to receive us”, assures Mr. Dieu to elucidate why the negotiations ended on Tuesday morning.

In the center of the winter faculty holidays and 5 months earlier than the Olympic Games (July 26 – August 11), the standoff between the 2 unions – CGT and FO – and the municipality has as its object the financial mannequin of Sete, in progress rewriting with an modification to the general public service delegation contract which runs till 2030.

The two unions had already launched a strike resulting in the closure of the Iron Lady on December 27, the hundredth anniversary of the disappearance of Gustave Eiffel.

The payment in query

They criticize the city corridor for “seeking profitability at all costs and in the short term” and ask it to be “reasonable in terms of its financial requirements in order to ensure the sustainability of the monument and the company that manages it”.

The financial steadiness of the Eiffel Tower, which in 2023 returned to greater attendance than it was earlier than Covid-19, with 6.3 million guests, was weakened by some 120 million euros in shortfalls. win through the two years of well being disaster (2020 and 2021).

The Eiffel Tower closed due to a strike, February 20, 2024 in Paris
The Eiffel Tower closed resulting from a strike, February 20, 2024 in Paris © GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

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

According to the CGT, the present contract is biased by an “over-evaluation of revenue based on annual attendance targets of 7.4 million visitors”, i.e. “attendance levels never before reached”.

To restore the equation, the adjustment variables are the quantity of the payment that Sete pays to the city corridor, the worth of entries and the funds for the works.

The deliberate choice of accelerating costs by 20% doesn’t increase opposition. But interpretations differ as to the evolution of the payment and the envelope of the work.

The CGT estimates that the City requires within the modification an “exponential increase in its fees, from 8 to 50 million euros per year”, which, in line with Stéphane Dieu, quantities to imposing an “ultra-tense mannequin the place 40% of the determine gross enterprise goes straight into royalties.

Employees and members of the CGT union demonstrate during a staff strike at the Eiffel Tower, February 20, 2024 in Paris
Employees and members of the CGT union exhibit throughout a workers strike on the Eiffel Tower, February 20, 2024 in Paris © GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

But administration claims that the modification lowers the payment in comparison with the preliminary contract.

As for the work carried out, “numerous points of corrosion are visible, symptoms of a worrying deterioration of the 135-year-old monument”, the unions fear, deploring the “100 million euros invested for a partial painting campaign with only 3% of the monument stripped.”

The unions, who’re demanding the creation of a “special endowment fund” for future work, additionally accuse Sete and the city corridor of suspending the modernization of the elevators and the flickering system.

The closure of the image of Paris and France arouses the frustration of 1000’s of tourists, primarily foreigners (round 80% in line with 2023 statistics).

They are routinely reimbursed, Sete assures AFP.