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Paris sanitation workers end three-week strike

media Sanitation workers in Paris labaronne via Flickr

Paris sanitation workers decided Monday to end their three-week strike and start collecting garbage again. They had notably blocked the Ivry-sur-Seine dump near Paris, the largest in France, calling for salary increases linked to retirement benefits.

Régis Vieceli, general secretary of the CGT trade union representing sanitation workers said on Monday that workers would stop blocking access to the dump, but that a symbolic 55-minute per strike would still be in place to “keep the negotiations under pressure.”
 
The city of Paris announced Sunday that it had proposed a 1,000 euro per year wage increase for people at the end of their careers, something that would affect 400 workers over the next two years.
 
Garbage collection was affected by the strike in ten of Paris’s 20 districts which use municipal services – the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 20th arrondissements. The other ten use private garbage collection companies.

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