After the refusal of the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo, support of the social movement, to ask for the requisition of dump trucks while the garbage collectors have been on strike for thirteen days, the prefect of police had himself signed the order Thursday. The effect of this requisition remains limited: Friday the town hall had estimated that 10,000 tons of waste were waiting for collection on the Parisian sidewalks, a volume in "stabilization" this Saturday.
The capital has a special collection system: the agents of the town hall ensure the collection of waste in half of the districts while the other half is served by private providers. Late in the evening Friday, the company Derichebourg had announced in a statement "to have been requisitioned" by the prefecture of police "in order to contribute to a minimum service of garbage collection".
Action extended until Tuesday
The prefecture confirmed this information Saturday morning, specifying that "five dump truck garages had resumed activity" and that "two processing concession companies and several agents (had) been required since" Friday. "Skips came out of all the garages," said the town hall. For their part, the strikers of the three waste incineration sites produced by Paris have set up "filtering barriers" to let garbage collection trucks pass, says a union delegate, confirming information from Liberation.
In general assembly Friday, the strikers "renewed the action until Tuesday included, with a filtering of trucks" in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) Saturday and Sunday, then in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis) Monday and Tuesday, said Fatiha Lahrech, CGT union delegate of the Issy-les-Moulineaux site. Letting trucks pass through is a "safety decision to limit the risk of epidemics," she said. By mid-morning Saturday, only three had passed.
Mobilized, the garbage collectors of the town hall refuse with this reform the postponement from 57 to 59 years of their retirement. "We have twelve years less life expectancy for garbage collectors and seven years less for sewer workers," said Friday Fréderic Aubisse, a 54-year-old drainer.
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