Grumpy Disneyland Paris staff vow strike

New Year's Eve bonus spurs row

PARIS — Disneyland Paris’ end-of-millennium celebrations could fizzle out like soggy fireworks if disgruntled workers press ahead with a New Year’s Eve strike.

While the company Monday played down the prospect of a staff walk-out and promised the show would go on, the unions were adamant.

“The party’ll be ruined,” warned local union leader Elena Stanciu, citing staff frustration over slow-moving pay talks and dissatisfaction with a $115 New Year’s Eve bonus as the main reasons for the latest row. She said casual staff were being offered almost four times as much for working the millennium eve.

Disney executives were in 11th-hour talks with union representatives Monday night in a bid to avert the strike. In a statement, the company pledged: “Families and friends will have a wonderful time in the Magic Kingdom, whatever the outcome of the current negotiations.”

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