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Spain: 6,000 Tonnes Of Rubbish On City Streets
Days of strikes by dustmen in Seville have seen 6,000 tonnes of stinking rubbish pile up on the streets of the Spanish city.
Litter lies strewn across the Andalusian city's historic and narrow streets as wheelie bins overflow and plastic bags rip apart.
City dwellers say the stench is becoming unbearable, as the strike stretches into its 10th day.
Some 100 wheelie bins were set on fire during the night, an action the strikers have been quick to stress has nothing to do with them.
The 1,600 workers at the†Lipsam†municipal cleaning company went out on strike on January 27 in a dispute over their pay and hours.
The refuse collectors have been asked by the regional government to take a 5% pay cut and to work longer.
However, Lipsam says the measures are not justified.
There have been three meetings to try to break the strike action, but talks have not been successful.
The regional government in Andalusia has said it needs to make cuts because it has been told to put its finances in order.
There have been two similar strikes in the region's other big tourist cities, Granada and Jerez, in the last three months.
what do you think?
Thought I could smell a rat!!!!
Just the beginning as Europe starts to fall apart . Echoes of the great Roman empire
Give it a rest. You said all this nonsense last year - the Euro falling apart, the EU disintegrating. It hasn't come to pass.
It is a work on progress Peter. One would have to be blind or wilfully ignorant to say that 60% youth unemployment in Spain is anything less than a catalyst for revolution. Add in Catalan and Basque pressures for independence and there is a real risk of rapid collapse of the Spanish state. That would leave the EU at best even more morally bankrupt than it is already and at worst teetering on the edge of oblivion but as Paul Simon said "All lies and gest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" By no means is the Euro crisis over either, merely a lull until one of the endangered members needs yet another bail out.
And what kind of pay INCREASE are their government giving themselves?
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