Culture Ministry staff called off the strike scheduled for July 29-30 2017: Archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica will be open, media report on Thursday. The decision follows a meeting with culture minister Lydia Koniordou.
On July 26, KTG reported:
Archaeological sites and most museums in Attica may not open to the public this weekend as the Panhellenic Federation of Culture Ministry Employees has called a 48-hour strike for July 29-30 2017. The strike decision triggered a strong reaction among bodies of the tourism industry in the peak of the summer season.
The employees demand the hiring of additional administrative personnel, of 33 archaeologists and 200 guards at sites and museums across the country. They also ask for the overtime payment of guards and sanitation staff on holidays but also the solution of other problematic issues of the sector.
Greece’s tourism officials express their strong concern about how the strike could affect tourism in the area.
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.
“Greece’s culture is a global heritage and one of Greece’s competitive advantages,” Retsos underlined. “For some travelers a visit to the archaeological sites of Attica is a lifetime goal and they may not have the chance of making this trip again,” he added.
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.
KTG understands, that private museums will be open. But majority of tourists want to visit the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora….