Eiffel Tower reopens after five-day strike

A picture taken on October 22, 2013 from behind a window on boat shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  - AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT

A picture taken on October 22, 2013 from behind a window on boat shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris. – AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower was reopened to the public on Dec 18 after a labour strike closed the Paris landmark for five days.

Members of the 300-strong workforce voted yesterday to resume their duties following a dispute over management’s decision-making and maintenance work, the CGT union said.

Unions and management are to sign a memorandum of understanding, the union said, without disclosing its contents.

During the Christmas rush as many as 20,000 people a day ascend the tower.

Among the projects that workers are concerned about are a major paint-stripping and repainting job to repair flaking areas of the 117-year-old tower which unions say poses health risks because of lead in the old paint. — AFP-Relaxnews

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