Ten thousand tons of garbage accumulated this Friday in the streets of Parisin the context of a strike by garbage collectors against the liberal president’s unpopular pension reform Emmanuel Macronindicated the mayor’s office.
The new estimate, up from 7,600 tons earlier in the week, comes after Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the requisitions of strikers were working.
“From today, from this morning, this requisition works and allows the collection of this garbage”he said on the RTL Darmanin chain, although those around the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo indicated that “No truck came out from the public side.”
The municipal employees of the garbage collection service began a strike 12 days ago and the blockade of the city’s incinerators in protest against Macron’s project to make them work for two more years.
These guarantee the collection of half of the 20 districts of the capital, while the rest is in charge of private companies. The latter continued to work and some signed contracts to clean up the affected areas.
“We have not had any trucks in the districts with public collection”, confirmed Delphine Bürkli, mayor of the IX district, who asked to mobilize the “army to clear the streets”.
The workers in this sector consulted by the AFP are determined to continue their strike until Monday, especially when the adoption by decree of the unpopular reform reactivated the protests.
“Garbage collectors have twelve years less life expectancy and seven years less than sewage employees.said Frédéric Aubisse, a 54-year-old sewer worker. With two more years “we are going to die at work”, added.
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