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Garbage collectors' strike in Paris: two of the three incineration sites still blocked, update on the situation

2023-03-27T18:30:21.881Z


Waste collection and treatment are still disrupted in the capital, but the strike should not extend to the private sector.


It is a crisis of which the Parisians are struggling to see the end.

The garbage collectors of the city of Paris, mobilized for more than twenty days against the pension reform, announced this Monday evening the renewal of their strike movement.

According to the City of Paris, 7,300 tons of waste still litter the sidewalks of the capital on Monday, a figure that is falling, however, since the tonnage established by the municipality peaked at 9,800 tons on Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday, 421 dumpsters circulated in Paris, i.e. twice as much activity as on a normal Sunday.

This Monday, 158 dumpsters left the garages, ie 90% more activity compared to a usual Monday.

“Detailed this morning the town hall of Paris on Twitter.

As a reminder, the police headquarters ordered requisitions of personnel among municipal garbage collectors on March 16, against the advice of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who supports the opposition movement to pension reform.

The first deputy to the Paris City Hall Emmanuel Grégoire also denounced Friday morning, during a press briefing, the "

unproductive nature of this type of measure

", arguing that the rate of garbage collectors on strike had passed from 6% to 25% since the beginning of the requisitions.

The city of Paris activated its crisis unit on Monday to monitor the situation and target actions.

The private sector finally spared

In resurgence in the public, the strike will ultimately not affect the private sector.

The employees of the private company Derichebourg, which intervenes in several districts of the capital for the collection of waste and which threatened to join the social movement, resumed work.

A conflict resolution protocol was signed at the start of the evening.

The time is also up for residents of the 15th arrondissement, the private service provider Pizzorno having announced on Friday the lifting of their movement after the signing of a "

strike exit protocol

" with the CGT.

But the situation in the streets of Paris remains closely linked to the blockages of the sites of the metropolitan union Syctom.

While a return to normal was expected, two of the three incinerators around Paris are still operating at idle on Monday.

After blockages in the morning, filter barriers were organized in the afternoon at the entrance to the Issy factory, where the end of the strike had been voted at the end of last week and also at the entrance to the Ivry site, which, wanting to remain in the conflict, was requisitioned by the Paris police headquarters.

Blocking of the Syctom site in Ivry-sur-Seine

These operations are carried out by people who, outside the factories, have mobilized to slow down the activities of the installations.

Instead of skips passing every 2 minutes to unload the garbage, the latter enter in droplets: six trucks per hour access the sites.

Contacted at the beginning of the afternoon, Syctom evoked a situation “

closer to blockage than to the filtering dam

”.

The Romainville recycling center was also blocked this morning, in the presence of several political figures from France Insoumise.

For the time being, the Saint-Ouen site is not disturbed but the ovens, currently undergoing maintenance, will only restart in a few days.

Despite these disruptions, the "

emergency plan for the 82 municipalities is still operational and adapted to the available outlets

" assures Syctom.

The metropolitan union does not mention new measures at this stage, while acknowledging that “

the situation is changing very quickly

”.

Source: lefigaro

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