Garbage collectors in Perpignan put out strike fires

Perpignan’s Garbage Collectors End Nine-Day Strike, Secure Raise in Pay

The garbage collectors of the Perpignan Metropolis (Pyrénées-Orientales) have ended their strike, which had been initiated by the CGT on Friday February 9, that had paralyzed garbage collection for nine days. The strike included night and day occupation of access to the center Perpignan technique. It will take at least two weeks for the teams, reinforced by executives and department heads, to clear several hundred tons of waste accumulated everywhere, particularly in the city center.

The negotiations with Robert Vila, the president of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole were successful and a solution was found during an hour and a half long discussion with four representatives of the striking staff. Although the general secretary of the CGT was unable to participate in the decisive interview, an agreement was reached.

The strikers obtained an increase in wages, notably via the decision to grant a bonus of 100 euros per month. The two partners have until March 19 to initial an agreement after the budgetary decision will be adopted by the assembly of the Metropolis. The days of strike will not be paid but the deductions will be spread out over time. This Monday, February 12 marks a return to work with all teams fully operational once again.

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