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Rome's Colosseum workers to be paid back wages

June 26, 2013 at 7:52 AM

ROME, June 26 (UPI) -- The Italian government said it found the funds necessary to pay back wages to Colosseum workers who closed the monument in two wildcat strikes.

The workers walked out Thursday and Sunday without the backing of their FLP trade union, ANSA reported Tuesday.

The Ministry of Culture said Tuesday it would "pay the outstanding arrears of wages to date from January."

Officials in Rome's tourism sector said the closures hurt businesses' income for those two days.

"In a country like Italy, tourism activities should be considered essential public services," said Bernabo Bocca, head of the hoteliers' association Federalberghi.

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