The images of the demonstration under tension of Parisian garbage collectors


Anger is mounting among the garbage collectors. On an indefinite strike from this Tuesday, November 17, at the call of the CGT, the majority union, the garbage collectors and sewer workers of Paris met in front of the premises of the Direction de la Propreté et de l’Eau (DPE) of the city. Joined by a few “yellow vests”, the demonstrators climbed to the roof of the building, from where they threw hundreds of leaflets, before setting fire to street furniture.

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“We are ready to sleep up there”, assured one of the trade unionists, who demanded the opening of negotiations with the town hall. They are protesting in particular against the entry into force, scheduled for 2021, of the law on the transformation of the civil service, which deprives them of the advantages linked to their status. They denounce, among other things, the reduction in holidays and RTT and “Obstacles to the right to strike”.Fly Rider, Eric Drouet, Priscillia Ludosky… What has become of the ex-stars of the “yellow vests”?

Poor sanitary conditions

In addition, these “second line” workers, who, along with other professions, such as cashiers, are the subject of a ministerial consultation with a view to raising wages, denounce their sanitary conditions in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic. In particular, the lack of protective masks. Régis Vieceli, CGT delegate for garbage collectors, deplores to our colleagues from the “Parisian”:

“There is a real health fear. Our wetsuits are no longer up to standard, like our maintenance workshops. We have just discovered that the ventilation system has not been suitable for eleven years. “

According to him, nearly 400 garbage collectors have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the health crisis. For its part, the City of Paris defends itself with the “Parisian” by saying to assure “The highest level of security” for its agents.

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