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Construction work on the Eiffel Tower was completed on March 31, 1889.

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Eiffel Tower strike looms over long queues

 

PARIS – Employees at the Eiffel Tower are planning to hold a strike this week over a new policy that has resulted in “monstrous” visitor queues at the popular landmark.

Union officials said on Monday that trouble started after tower management in July allocated half of daily tickets for online purchases.

Previously only 20 percent of tickets could be booked online.

The tower management also reserved specific elevators for each type of ticket holder, a move which “creates lines that are at times monstruous and often lopsided,” the CGT union said in a statement.

Elevators for those with pre-booked tickets may be half empty during off-peak times and overcrowded in other times, while elevators for walk-ins have visitor queues for up to three hours.

“Beyond the waste in terms of efficiency, and the unhappy visitors… employees’ patience has run out,” said the CGT’s Denis Vavassori.

Vavassori said despite airing their concerns to management, there has been no move made to address the issue.

“We’re not talking about a failure… there’s just an adjustment that needs to be made,” he said.

There were more than six million visitors to the Eiffel Tower last year. GAD/Expat Media

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