The garbage collectors of the Perpignan Metropolis (Pyrénées-Orientales) have ended their nine-day strike that was initiated by the CGT on Friday February 9. The strike, which included night and day occupation of access to the center Perpignan technique, had paralyzed garbage collection in the city. It will take at least two weeks for the teams, reinforced by executives and department heads, to clear several hundred tons of waste accumulated everywhere, particularly in the city center.
The strikers found a way out of the crisis during a negotiation on Friday evening with Robert Vila, the president of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole in person. The discussions lasted an hour and a half in the early evening with four representatives of the striking staff, although the general secretary of the CGT was unable to participate in the decisive interview.
The strikers obtained an agreement on several key issues including a bonus of 100 euros per month as well as other benefits such as increased wages and improved working conditions. The two partners are given until March 19 to initial an agreement after the budgetary decision will be adopted by the assembly of the Metropolis. The days of strike will not be paid but the deductions will be spread out over time. The real return to work will take place this Monday, February 12, with all teams.