Before the Olympics, rubbish collectors go on strike in Paris | EUROtoday

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Tuesday, May 14 within the morning, practically 400 placing brokers from the cleanliness and water division (DPE) of the City of Paris, which manages waste assortment from half of the capital's districts, arrange store rue de Lobau (4e arrondissement), in entrance of town's human assets division constructing. “Everything is there to stay a long time, there is even a barbecue”says Smina Mebtouche, basic secretary of the waste therapy, cleansing, water, sewer, sanitation (FTDNEEA) sector of the CGT, on the origin of a social motion which seeks to benefit from the Paris Olympic Games.

The union, the bulk within the DPE, filed a strike discover on the finish of April, during which it notably demanded an distinctive bonus of 1,900 euros for all rubbish collectors, sewer staff and skip drivers – in recognition of their dedication to the success of the Olympic Games – in addition to a rise of 400 euros monthly within the allowance for duties, constraints and experience, which constitutes a big a part of their remuneration.

Despite a number of discussions with the workplace of Olivia Polski, deputy mayor in command of human assets, the events have been unable to agree, and the brokers started the strike this Tuesday for a interval of three days. Was the motion adopted by the 7,500 DPE officers? While the CGT claimed at noon 70% to 90% of strikers relying on the districts, the City of Paris indicated to World a strike fee of 16% among the many 5,000 rubbish collectors. A a lot decrease fee, however increased than the final mobilization on the topic, on April 24, which resulted in 6.3% of strikers amongst cleansing employees.

“We want to be more recognized”

“If the city is dirty, the whole world will see it, but we have demands that have been dragging on for years. After having a meeting with the garbage collectors, our drivers got together, and we decided to support them in their approach. When we see the bonuses that RATP agents or police officers obtained with a ridiculous strike…”describes Didier Labruyère, rubbish dumpster driver and Force Ouvrière union delegate from the Victor-Hugo storage in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), one of many 5 garages which provide the capital.

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Tuesday, 86% of the drivers on this storage have been on strike, and the delegate believes within the mobilization of the 900 drivers within the City. “This year, we only had a gross increase of 120 euros, paid from July. With twenty-six years of seniority, I am at 2,500 euros net with bonusesdeplores Didier Labruyère. We want to be more recognized for our work, which is increasingly complicated with bicycles, pedestrians…”

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