After nine days of garbage collection being halted due to a strike initiated by the CGT on February 9, the Perpignan Metropolis (Pyrénées-Orientales) has reached an agreement with its garbage collectors. The teams, reinforced by executives and department heads, will begin working to clear several hundred tons of waste that has accumulated throughout the city center.
The negotiations took place on Friday evening with Robert Vila, the president of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole in person. The discussions lasted for an hour and a half and included four representatives from the striking staff, although the general secretary of the CGT was unable to participate in the decisive interview.
As a result of these negotiations, the strikers were able to obtain an increase in wages, including a bonus of 100 euros per month. The two partners have been given until March 19 to initial an agreement after the budgetary decision will be adopted by the assembly of the Metropolis. However, it has been decided that no payment will be made for the days of strike, but deductions will be spread out over time.
The real return to work will take place this Monday, February 12, with all teams working together once again to ensure that Perpignan remains clean and tidy for its residents.