Eiffel Tower strike extends into second day over financial disputes

  • A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management caused closures for the second consecutive day.
  • Despite increased visitor numbers leading up to the Olympics, the strike may continue for several weeks.
  • The strike seeks salary increases proportional to ticket sales revenue and improved maintenance of the 135-year-old landmark.

A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management turned away visitors on Tuesday for the second consecutive day.

Denis Vavassori of the CGT union, which represents a large number of the Eiffel Tower’s employees, said its members voted unanimously to extend the strike on Tuesday. He said employees were willing to persist until their demands are met, but hope to reach an agreement with the Paris municipality, the monument’s owner, before the start of the Summer Games.

The 1,083-foot landmark in central Paris has seen soaring visitor numbers in the lead-up to the Olympics in the French capital.

EIFFEL TOWER VISITS DISRUPTED BY STRIKE PROTESTING POOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF THE PARIS LANDMARK

“It would be a shame to continue the strike and its demands during the Olympic Games,” Vavassori said in an interview with The Associated Press. “For now, it looks like (the strike) could go on for several days, even weeks.”

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Unions flags are pictured at the Eiffel Tower on Feb. 20, 2024 in Paris. Visitors to the Eiffel Tower were turned away for the second consecutive day because of a strike over poor financial management at one of the world’s most-visited sites. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The operator of the Eiffel Tower did not respond to AP’s requests for comment.

Tourists planning to visit the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday were warned of disruptions in multiple languages on its website. Visitors are advised to check the website before heading to the monument or to postpone their trip. Electronic ticket owners were told to check their inboxes beforehand.

MEDALS FOR THE 2024 PARIS OLYMPICS ARE MADE FROM EIFFEL TOWER PIECES

The strike aims to increase salaries in proportion to the incoming revenue from ticket sales and improved maintenance of the 135-year-old Tower that will feature prominently in the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games and Paralympics that follow.

Union leaders have repeatedly criticized the Eiffel Tower operator’s business model, saying it’s based on an inflated estimate of future visitor numbers, at the expense of maintenance cost expenses and employees’ work compensation.

The Eiffel Tower is typically open 365 days a year. Tuesday’s closure is the second in two months due to strikes. In December, it was closed to visitors for an entire day during Christmas and New Year’s holidays because of a strike over contract negotiations.

Last year, the monument was closed to visitors for 10 days during massive protests across France against the government’s plan to reform the country’s pension system.

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