Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Musée d’Orsay: a call for a strike to be voted on Tuesday – Le Figaro

The cultural space may not be open this September 22. The CGT opposes the continuous opening of the facility desired by the government. Versailles and the Louvre are also involved.

From the beginning of November, the Orsay museum is expected to open seven days a week, like the Louvre and Versailles. An initiative that the Ministry of Culture launched to counter the “overcrowding” of these spaces whose visits have increased by over 60% between 2004 and 2014.

The initiative displeases the CGT. The union launched a strike call, which will be voted on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 am at the Orsay museum, at a general meeting of staff. The strike could harm the cultural establishment, which launches a new temporary exhibition dedicated to loose women, entitled Splendours and Miseries, Prostitution Images . If the strike is voted, the opening of this retrospective will be postponed.

“We do not want to open the doors of the museum public on Monday,” said Frederic Sorbier, the CGT branch secretary at the museum. The Ministry of Culture demand effect that the museum welcomes school groups free on Monday. The union sees this change with suspicion, considering it a “transitional measure to largely open to the public 7 days on 7″.

The Louvre Museum is projected to open its doors on Tuesday and Versailles on Thursday. The state wants to run these three museums welcome a public increasingly broad, reaching “cruising speed” in September 2016.


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