Acropolis still closed by Greek workers strike
February 18, 1997
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ATHENS (CNN) -- Greece's most-visited site, the Acropolis,
has been closed to tourists for over a week by a strike by of
Greek Culture Ministry employees. A court will rule
Wednesday on the government's demand for the walkout to be
"We offer our deepest sympathy and understanding to tourists
but only the government can resolve this problem," said
Yannis Dimakakos, president of the Union of Museum Guards.
His union is part of the Panhellenic Federation of Culture
Ministry Unions (OSYPA), which has staged periodic walkouts
since February 10 to press for pay rises and bigger bonuses.
Visitors who walk up the steep hill to the entrance to the
Parthenon and other Classical marble temples find a sign
reading: "The Acropolis is closed due to a strike by Culture
Apart from the Acropolis, visited by millions of tourists
every year, the strike has also shut down attractions in the
northern city of Salonika -- the Archeological Museum, the
Byzantine Museum and the White Tower.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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