The garbage collectors of the Perpignan Metropolis (Pyrénées-Orientales) have ended their nine-day strike, which 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.
The negotiations that took place on Friday evening with Robert Vila, the president of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole, resulted in a breakthrough for the strikers. The discussions lasted an hour and a half with four representatives of the striking staff, although the general secretary of the CGT was unable to participate in the decisive interview.
During these negotiations, the strikers were able to obtain several concessions from their employer. One of these concessions was an increase in wages, including a bonus of 100 euros per month. 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. However, it is important to note that while strikers will not receive payment for those nine days they were on strike, these deductions will be spread out over time.
The real return to work will take place this Monday, February 12, with all teams ready to tackle their duties and clear several hundred tons of waste accumulated everywhere, particularly in the city center.