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Euro Disney, Strikers Meet

July 3, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Euro Disney and representatives of striking workers held talks Friday aimed at ending a nine-day walkout that has disrupted the theme park’s popular parade of Disney figures.

After restaurant workers, it was the cleaners’ turn to join technicians and parade performers in their walkout at Disneyland Paris, 18 miles east of Paris.

Since the strike began, about 40 strikers have sat outside the park’s entrance each day, holding banners. The strikers’ main demand is a 7 percent increase in salary.

Disneyland officials say such an increase is out of the question, saying workers have received an 8 percent rise over the last three years.

Euro Disney, the holding company that is 39 percent owned by the Walt Disney Co. in Burbank, California, opened the park’s doors in April 1992.

It reported annual profit since 1995, in part by imposing tougher cost controls that have triggered occasional strikes.

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