A strike by workers at the Eiffel Tower in Paris has closed the iconic landmark to tourists for a fifth day during the start of the busy Christmas season.
Two unions representing the 300 workers who maintain the Eiffel Tower and operate the tours that take visitors to the top of the 1,063-foot metal lattice structure walked off the job nearly a week ago. Workers are seeking more input into strategic decisions about how to manage the tower, including fundraising and a large-scale restoration the tower’s management group said is necessary to fix parts of the tower where the metal is chafing.
Under French labor laws that heavily favor workers’ rights, unions are allowed to walk off the job to protest management decisions. According to Deutsche Welle, this is the third such work stoppage at the Eiffel Tower this year.
On average, the Eiffel Tower receives about 6,000 tourists daily on the bank of the River Seine. During the Christmas season, that number climbs to more than 20,000 visitors per day.
The strike comes at a poor time for Paris, which has seen the tourism industry decline in 2016, after bloody terrorist attacks a year ago and devastating flooding this summer.
China warns Omicron COVID-19 variant will ‘lead to challenges’ for Winter Olympics
Who is Parag Agrawal, the new CEO to take Twitter helm from co-founder Jack Dorsey?
Barbados declares ‘diamond’ Rihanna a national hero during republican celebrations
India says Omicron shows up on tests, advises states to ramp up checks
Messi claims record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or
World1 week ago
Third night of violence in Guadeloupe as France sends police special forces
Europe7 days ago
Explosion at Missile Factory Near Belgrade Reportedly Kills 2, Injures 16 – Video, Photo
Middle East7 days ago
Kuwait’s Emir reappoints Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid as Prime Minister
U.S7 days ago
Homicide Count in US Capital Reaches 200 for First Time Since 2004, Report Says
Middle East5 days ago
UAE Major General Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi elected as new Interpol President
U.S6 days ago
All 3 defendants found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery
Middle East1 week ago
Expo 2020 Dubai visits pass the four million mark
Middle East7 days ago
Israel PM Bennett signals readiness to escalate Iran confrontation amid nuclear talks