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Eiffel Tower Closed During Worker Strike

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Paris' famous landmark Eiffel Tower was closed on Tuesday due to a strike by workers over salaries and working conditions, leaving thousands of visitors disappointed. It is the third dispute in six months at the monument, which is normally open every single day of the year.

Unions representing the 300 workers reportedly said the strike was called over the deliberate absence of transparency on key decisions with regard to the 324-meter tower's functioning.

Employees were particularly concerned over an upcoming paint job in 2017, CGT union spokesman Denis Vavassori said.

Unions have held repeated meetings recently with the officials from the company that manages the tower, SETE, pressing for 51 demands. The management accepted some, but refused all demands related to new hires and pay raises, resulting in strike.

Confirming that the closure was due to a labor dispute, the tower's operator SETE reportedly said discussions are taking place between management and workers' representatives.

The monument, which is the major attraction of French tourism, was visited by around 7 million people in 2015, representing 20,000 a day. Of this, 80 percent of them were from abroad. In 2016, it is estimated that the visitors would be lower at 6 million, resulting in a corresponding 14 percent drop in revenue.

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