Center Pompidou extends strike notice until February 15, 2024

Union representatives at the Center Pompidou, which must close for work from 2025 for five years, have extended their strike notice until February 15, according to the inter-unions (CGT, CFDT, FO, Unsa, SUD).

An impressive number of visitors at the Center Georges-Pompidou in Paris on January 1, 2024, after several days of closure.  Word "strike" is always displayed in windows.  (ERIC BRONCARD / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

Union representatives at the Center Pompidou have extended their strike notice until February 15, the inter-union organization (CGT, CFDT, FO, Unsa, SUD) announced on Thursday, January 4. The employees of the establishment fear for their future. The centre, also called Beaubourg, is home to one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, as well as a library very popular with students.

Impact on temporary exhibitions

The facility’s workers are demanding guarantees to maintain employment caps and not outsource their missions during the closure of the site, which was inaugurated nearly half a century ago and must remain closed until 2030 for asbestos removal and remediation. work. Some of them have been on strike since October 16, causing a 20-day shutdown of the Center Pompidou, which has been closed daily since the start of the Christmas school holidays, management said.

These closures, he points out, have “affected” participation in all temporary exhibitions planned from autumn, including the big exhibition Picasso. Draw endlessly, offered from October 18th through January 15th. Almost a thousand drawings, prints and sketches by Picasso, including exceptional portraits of his companions Fran├žois Gilot and Dora Maar, are gathered on more than 2,000 m2 during a thematic tour in 50 chapters, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of the sacred monster of painting.

A new meeting of the general staff is planned for January 11, the inter-union said in a press release. A new meeting with management, which the union has also been demanding since December 21 “just the actual meeting calendar” not yet set for January 4th, but planned “in the coming days”depending on management.

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