Marseille: Two centres of transfer of junk blocked, the garbage cans are overflowing

The garbage pile up in Marseille. — ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

  • Employees of a private company in charge of the cleaning of some arrondissements of Marseille are on strike.
  • They have also blocked two centres of transfer of waste.
  • They require the maintenance of a premium.

The bins are overflowing again in Marseille. The 250 employees of the company Derichebourg responsible for the cleaning of the 2nd, 15th and 16th arrondissements of Marseille had stopped work since Wednesday, to request the retention of a premium which, according to them, was diminished by the company Derichebourg, became the new provider of garbage collection in these districts.

Two centres of transfers of waste of the metropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence were blocked Friday by those same employees, thus preventing the flow of waste to the treatment centers.

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To prevent the accumulation

After discussions with management ” half of them have returned to work “, indicated to the AFP Emmanuel Brown, managing director of Derichebourg for the cleaning. “We did see the blocking by the bailiff and asked the company Derichebourg install large bins in the three boroughs concerned to avoid the accumulation of waste on the landfill “, indicated to the AFP the metropolis, according to which blocking affects Marseille and several surrounding communes.

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For the metropolis, ” it is outrageous that social conflicts within the staff of a private company come to paralyse the good functioning of a public service for claims internal “. “We want to be paid as was paid before. It has received only half of the premiums “, pointed to one of the strikers Tahar Ghali, the union FO to AFP.

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The direction of Derichebourg believes his side “have very precise answers on the claims,” stating that the premiums of 8 to 80 euros would be paid. But “the request for payment of the strike days will be denied for sure,” said Emmanuel Brown.