Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole (Pyrénées-Orientales) recently ended a nine-day strike by its garbage collectors. The strike was initiated by the CGT on Friday, February 9th and had paralyzed garbage collection in the city for that period. However, during a negotiation on Friday evening with Robert Vila, the president of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole, the strikers found a way out of the crisis.
The negotiations lasted an hour and a half in the early evening with four representatives of the striking staff. The strikers obtained the opening of a sequence of discussions on the increase in wages, notably via the decision to grant a bonus of 100 euros per month. The two partners are given until March 19th to initial an agreement after the budgetary decision will be adopted by the assembly of the Metropolis. However, 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.
Despite this delay, all teams will return to work this Monday, February 12th. It is worth noting that despite not being paid for those days of strike, deductions will be spread out over time. The real return to work will take place this Monday with all teams fully operational once again.