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Eiffel Tower reopens after workers' strike

France's most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, has resumed operations after its 300-strong workforce settled a row with the management. Up to 20,000 people per day visit the tower during the holiday season.

The company that manages the Eiffel Tower, SETE, announced that the site would resume work on Sunday after a five-day strike.

"Numerous visitors, in Paris for end-of-year celebrations, will thus be able to experience a visit to the Eiffel Tower, discover its fabulous view over Paris and enjoy its famous ice skating rink on the first floor," the company said in a statement.

More than 300 people are involved in running and maintaining the tower's day-to-day operations. The workers started the strike on Tuesday, accusing the management of a lack of transparency and closed decision-making. Specifically, the workers were worried about a major maintenance job which would include stripping the 117-year old structure of paint and applying a fresh coat.

The unions claim the job would pose a health risk because of lead in old paint chips. On Sunday, the French CGT union said that unions and the management were to sign a memorandum of understanding, without providing details.

Some 8,000 people might visit the landmark on a normal weekday, but the number sometimes surges to 20,000 near Christmas.

dj/tj (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)

 

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