Garbage collectors in certain districts of Marseille have been on strike for 13 days to challenge the managerial methods of their management. Garbage is piling up and the inhabitants are overwhelmed.
900 tonnes of waste have accumulated on the sidewalks of the 2nd, 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône). The garbage collectors of the Derichebourg company have been on strike for 13 days. The situation is such that some exasperated residents burn garbage cans, or call on private garbage collection companies. “There was five feet to the gate, we couldn’t get out by car“, Explains a local resident.
The strikers risk a 10,000 euro fine
The garbage collectors demand the resignation of two managers with too authoritarian methods. It’s been three years, and they want things to change. “There is too much harassment, there have been layoffs, we come in the morning with a lump in our stomachs at work. If the management changes, we resume work immediately, in 72 hours the city is cleaned“, Explains a garbage collector on the picket line.
A municipal decree was taken to requisition the employees. But the 220 strikers refuse to return to work under these conditions, and are ready to go to the end, even if it means risking a 10,000 euros fine and six months in prison for refusing to requisition.