France - Louvre security staff on strike - March 31, 2017

The security staff of the Louvre went on strike in protest of the dysfunctional management of crowds flocking to the museum’s new Johannes Vermeer exhibition. Since opening last month, the exhibition has drawn record numbers of visitors, including more than 9,000 people on its first day. The crowds overwhelmed the museum’s new special exhibitions infrastructure and caused bottlenecks throughout the museum. In a letter to Louvre President, the secretary general of the trade union that represents many of the museum workers, said that Louvre security staff ‘are suffering constant physical and verbal aggression’. The letter places blame for the tense situation squarely on the Louvre administration, stating that ‘the mediocre management of fluctuating crowds and reservations’ is posing major psycho-social risks to workers.

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