Museum staff plan to strike this weekend

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Mu­se­ums and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in At­tica may not open to the pub­lic this weekend as the Pan­hel­lenic Fed­er­a­tion of Cul­ture Min­istry Em­ploy­ees has called a strike for July 29-30, gen­er­at­ing a strong re­ac­tion by the tourism in­dus­try.

Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion (SETE) pres­i­dent Yian­nis Ret­sos sent a let­ter to the min­is­ters of cul­ture, Ly­dia Ko­nior­dou, and tourism, Elena Koun­toura, ask­ing Ko­nior­dou to en­sure an ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion is found for the fed­er­a­tion to call off the strike and for ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in At­tica to op­er­ate as nor­mal.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Hel­lenic As­so­ci­a­tions of Tourism and Travel Agen­cies (fedHATTA) has also voiced its op­po­si­tion, say­ing that in the last weekend of July Athens and nearby ar­eas are full of tourists who have planned their ar­rival in the Greek cap­i­tal for months, with a tight timetable and spe­cific itin­er­ary, which due to the in­dus­trial action will have to be re­ar­ranged or can­celed al­to­gether.

FedHATTA is call­ing on all par­ties in­volved – the min­istries and the union­ists – to do their best to avoid ex­pos­ing vis­i­tors to At­tica to need­less has­sle.

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