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Strike closes Acropolis, ancient sites in Greece

  • Chinese tourists take photographs behind a fence of the ancient Temple of Zeus as state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Monday's protest was not directly related to Greece's bailout measures, but the country's left-wing government is under renewed international pressure to limit spending and agree with lenders on new austerity measures and reforms. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Chinese tourists take photographs behind a fence of the ancient Temple of Zeus as state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Monday's protest was not directly related to Greece's bailout measures, but the country's left-wing government is under renewed international pressure to limit spending and agree with lenders on new austerity measures and reforms. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tourists stand on a hill under ancient Acropolis hill during a 24-hour strike by archaeological guards demanding unpaid wages and the recruitment of additional employees in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Greece has been struggling for months to conclude negotiations with its creditors on spending cuts and reforms demanded by European creditors and the International Monetary Fund as part of its third bailout program. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Tourists stand on a hill under ancient Acropolis hill during a 24-hour strike by archaeological guards demanding unpaid wages and the recruitment of additional employees in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Greece has been struggling for months to conclude negotiations with its creditors on spending cuts and reforms demanded by European creditors and the International Monetary Fund as part of its third bailout program. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A worker of Culture Ministry closes the entrance of the ancient Acropolis hill during a 24-hour by archaeological guards, demanding unpaid wages and the recruitment of additional employees, in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Greece has been struggling for months to conclude negotiations with its creditors on spending cuts and reforms demanded by European creditors and the International Monetary Fund as part of its third bailout program. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A worker of Culture Ministry closes the entrance of the ancient Acropolis hill during a 24-hour by archaeological guards, demanding unpaid wages and the recruitment of additional employees, in Athens, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Greece has been struggling for months to conclude negotiations with its creditors on spending cuts and reforms demanded by European creditors and the International Monetary Fund as part of its third bailout program. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece are closed to the public after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government.

Monday's protest was not directly related to Greece's bailout measures, but the country's left-wing government is under renewed international pressure to limit spending and agree with lenders on new austerity measures and reforms.

A union representing the striking workers is seeking additional staff and overtime pay.

A statement said: "We hope these problems — that have no fiscal impact — can be dealt with so that the Easter holidays and tourism season can start without any problems at museums and ancient sites."

The hilltop buildings of the Acropolis overlooking Athens include the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.