One of Greece’s and the world’s most famous monument, the Acropolis is closed to the public  after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government.

Yesterday’s protest, which also took place around other ancient sites in Greece was reportedly not directly related to Greece’s bailout measures, but the country’s government is under renewed international pressure to limit spending and agree with lenders on new austerity measures and reforms.

A union representing the striking workers is apparently seeking additional staff and overtime pay.

A statement was issued: “We hope these problems — that have no fiscal impact — can be dealt with so that the Easter holidays and tourism season can start without any problems at museums and ancient sites.”


GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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