Pay dispute closes Pantheon and Pompeii

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The Pantheon was one of a number of sites closed on Friday. Photo: Jun/Flickr
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Some of Italy’s most popular tourist sites including Rome’s Pantheon and Pompeii, close to Naples, closed on Friday as workers fought to be paid on time.

In Rome the Castel Sant'Angelo, Emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art were also among the sites closed while employees of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) met officials at the ministry’s headquarters to discuss a pay deal. 

The Colosseum was exempt from closure today after MiBAC responded to closures on June 20th and 23rd by promising to pay outstanding overtime wages, Italian media reported.

Some MiBAC workers protested outside the MiBAC meeting today, holding signs that read “payment of the extra wages must be guaranteed every month”,  La Repubblica.

Antonia Pasqua Recchia, the ministry's secretary general, said progress had been made at today's meeting and that reassurances had also been made to waive redundancies and make new hires, La Repubblica reported.

Recchia added that MiBAC would also tackle the issue of holidays and ensure workers did not have to wait 10 months to be paid.

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A parallel labour union meeting at Pompeii on Friday morning also kept hundreds of visitors waiting, Italian media reported.

The workers’ grievances will be raised with Minister Massimo Bray, head of MiBAC, at a meeting on July 8th. 

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