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Eiffel Tower shuts down amid worker strike that demands for better pay and management reform

The iconic Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Parisian elegance and architectural marvel, has closed its gates once again as workers initiated a strike, demanding improved pay and a comprehensive reform in management practices. Tourists, expecting to marvel at the breathtaking views from the 330-meter landmark, were disappointed as they found the entrance barricaded and a sign in English apologizing for the closure due to the ongoing strike.

The strike, organized by the CGT union representing a substantial portion of the Eiffel Tower’s workforce, aims to address issues such as fair compensation in proportion to the increasing revenue from ticket sales and enhanced maintenance of the monument owned by the Paris municipality. Visitors on Monday and Tuesday will be unable to experience the cultural icon as the strike is set to continue into the next day.

Marisa Solis, an American tourist from New York City, understood the workers’ cause, stating, “We’re a little disappointed, but we understand that people deserve a fair wage and proper working conditions.” The sentiments were echoed by many who stood outside the tower, hoping to glimpse its magnificence.

Eiffel tower
Photo Credit: New York Post

Stephane Dieu, a representative of the CGT union, highlighted the workers’ demands, emphasizing the need for a salary increase aligned with the rising revenue generated by the monument and improved maintenance practices. Dieu criticized the Eiffel Tower operator’s business model, accusing it of prioritizing short-term gains over the long-term preservation of the monument and the well-being of its workforce.

Union leaders raised concerns about the City Hall, which owns 99 percent of Eiffel Tower operator Sete’s capital, allegedly underestimating the costs of planned works on the monument ahead of the Summer Olympics. This discrepancy, they argued, could result in inadequate maintenance and an increased workload for the employees.

This marks the second closure within two months due to strikes, following a shutdown during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays over contract negotiations in December. The disruption has prompted the Eiffel Tower to caution potential visitors through its website, advising them to check for updates before planning their visit or consider postponing.

The closure of the Eiffel Tower, an attraction typically open 365 days a year, underscores the urgent need for resolution in the ongoing dispute between workers, management, and the Paris City Hall. As the striking employees stand firm in their demands for fair compensation and improved working conditions, the fate of one of the world’s most renowned landmarks hangs in the balance.


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