With the pile of garbage cans not collected in the streets of Paris, on the tenth day of the strike of garbage collectors against the pension reform, the political tug-of-war hardens between the government and the mayor of Paris. While the text passes Wednesday the crucial stage of the joint committee (CMP), and that the strikers of the CGT voted the continuation of the movement "at least until March 20", the two camps pass the ball on the responsibility to limit the effects. In pictures, the update on the situation.
Director: Olivier JUSZCZAK
The garbage collectors of the City of Paris began Monday, March 6 a strike movement against the pension reform.
Public service garbage collectors collect waste in half of the Parisian arrondissements (2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 20th).
Since then, Parisians have been circulating in a city decorated with new street furniture! On Wednesday, 7,600 tons of waste cluttered the sidewalks of the capital, according to the town hall.
With the pile of garbage cans not collected in the streets of the capital, the political tug-of-war hardens between the government and the City of Paris.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday night instructed the Paris police prefect to ask the town hall to "requisition" means to evacuate garbage.
The town hall "does not have the power" to requisition the strikers, reaffirmed the entourage of Anne Hidalgo, who told Gérald Darmanin "that she did not intend to ask him to do so and advised him to privilege dialogue rather than pass by force".
From the beginning of the examination of the pension reform at the end of January, the former presidential candidate of 2022 had chosen to display the City Hall as a "town hall in solidarity" with the social movement.
In a letter on Tuesday, the prefecture of police stresses, however, based on the General Code of Territorial Collectivities, that "the town hall holds the health police on the public road".
It is therefore "within its competence to request a private company or requisition agents," adds the prefecture, which says it can "in a second time" put the City on notice to do so.
If this procedure "remains unsuccessful, the prefect of police can replace" the town hall, adds the prefecture.
"That the State assumes its responsibilities," said Tuesday the first deputy (PS) Emmanuel Grégoire, according to which the government "creates a social crisis and requires local authorities to request a requisition".
As for the employment of private agents to act "on absolute emergencies", he acknowledged, it does not constitute "at all alternative work. Anne Hidalgo and the elected representatives of this majority would never commit to breaking a strike movement," he said.
The town hall also stresses that the outcome of the crisis is played out above all at the door of the three incinerators in the suburbs blocked for ten days, and which do not depend on it but on the metropolitan union, Syctom.
Garbage collectors and sanitation workers, whose life expectancy is lower than the average of the French, should retire at 59 instead of the current 57 if the reform is voted.
The CGT strikers voted to continue the movement "at least until March 20."
- Pension reform 2023