In Paris, the garbage collectors’ strike continues

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More fear than harm, in the end. “There was a notice but all the employees left to work this Monday morning”, assures Thomas Derichebourg, president of Derichebourg Environnement. The day after the deposit of a strike notice by the garbage collectors of the CGT of the dumpster garage of the waste collection company Derichebourg located in La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis), the situation was normal this Monday morning. For information, only the tenth and eighteenth arrondissements of the capital were affected by disruptions in garbage collection.

While associating themselves with the mobilization against the pension reform, like their fellow agents of the City of Paris, the teams of Derichebourg, provider of waste collection for these five districts of the right bank, demanded, in addition, a increase in wages “up to 15%” and “taking into account the arduousness” of their work. “The collection and treatment of waste may be disrupted”, announced Sunday the town hall of the 10th arrondissement without predicting the real impact on waste collection.

Resumption of collection in the 15th arrondissement

If the situation may have seemed to worsen on one side, it is improving slightly on the other with the lifting of the strike at another private service provider, Pizzorno, in charge of collection only in the 15th arrondissement. The company announced on Friday that it had signed a strike exit protocol with CGT union representatives targeting the notice filed on February 27.

In less than twenty-four hours, more than 300 tons of waste were collected, out of a total of a thousand tons present in the streets of the largest arrondissement of the capital. On Sunday, some sidewalks were still strewn with garbage, but the situation was clearly improving with a return to normal hoped for by the end of the week by the mayor (LR) of the borough, Philippe Goujon, who said to himself “relieved” by this news.

More broadly, nearly 7,828 tons of waste had not yet been collected in Paris on Sunday afternoon, against 9,800 tons on Saturday, and 10,500 tons on Friday. A drop due to the requisitions of garbage collectors decided on Wednesday evening by the prefect of police of Paris in the face of the refusal of the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo. To carry out the collection, 162 dumpsters criss-crossed the streets of Paris this Sunday. “It’s 2.5 times more than a normal Sunday”, specifies the Town hall of Paris. Since Friday, the three incinerators in Ile-de-France have gradually resumed their activity with the lifting of the blockage in Saint-Ouen, in Seine-Saint-Denis, and in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in Hauts-de-Seine. However, filtering operations were carried out throughout the weekend to limit the access of dump trucks to the incinerators, the ovens of which have not all been re-ignited, for lack of sufficient waste to burn.

To note

The municipal services of the City of Paris ensure the collection within 2e5e6e8e9e, 12e14e16e17e et 20e. Collection in the other arrondissements is carried out by private companies (Derichebourg, Veolia Otalia, Urbaser and Pizzorno).

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