Sanitation staff in Paris began a strike within the French capital on Tuesday, setting trash alight whereas protesting in opposition to worsening working situations and the deliberate reform of their sector.
The general public companies union organized a rally for Tuesday, with scores of staff blocking a avenue close to the town’s cleansing division, burning dustbins and throwing paperwork from the roof.
Les comités syndicats service publics ont organisé ce 17 novembre un rassemblement à hôtel de ville, sur la place St Gervais, afin de soutenir les revendications sur la “loi transformation de la fonction publique” censée être appliquée dès le 1er janvier 2021,#propretedeparis1/ pic.twitter.com/KMpiI2SVxf
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Of the town’s 4,900 rubbish collectors and 200 sewer staff, a reported 20 % went on strike.
The protesters say they “deserve a minimal of recognition,” citing “an actual well being worry” over the situations of their work and noting, specifically, that protecting ‘wetsuits’ and upkeep workshops are not as much as customary.
Manifestation des eboueurs en colère devant la route de la Propreté de #Paris pour leurs situations de travail. Scenario surréaliste devant le bâtiment avec des milliers de paperwork de la ville de Paris dans la rue. pic.twitter.com/frxeBNsITS
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Staff additionally complained that bonuses, which have been granted throughout the first lockdown, are being deserted now, significantly given the continuing well being threat. “Because the begin of the well being disaster in France, 397 of our colleagues have examined constructive for Covid and 25 of them have been hospitalized,” in response to Régis Vieceli, a CGT union delegate for rubbish collectors.
The protesting sanitation staff are additionally opposing laws to remodel the nation’s civil service, which paves the way in which for reductions in public spending and will result in layoffs. They’re additionally frightened that the town could also be transferring in the direction of privatization of the service, Vieceli stated.
Among the many questions metropolis officers have but to reply is whether or not they intend to place rubbish collectors “below surveillance” by way of GPS, as has been rumored.
It’s not clear now when the strike – which additionally poses well being hazards for Paris over the three,000 tons of waste the town produces on daily basis – will finish. Sanitation staff went on strike in January and February in opposition to deliberate pension reforms, and 6 out of seven waste incineration crops in Paris have been closed.
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