Rubbish is piling up on the streets of Paris due to 10 days of blockades and closures at the capital’s incineration plants amid ongoing pension strikes.
Garbage workers are protesting against their working conditions as well as to challenge French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform project, leading to the accumulation of uncollected rubbish in the city, as seen in images on Monday.
City workers say their employment is precarious and poorly paid. They say they have a life expectancy below 60 years, a fact which they believe should entitle them to greater pension benefits.
On December 11 last year, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a two-year-extension of the working period necessary to earn a full pension, triggering the ire of workers and trade unions. The reforms attempt to overhaul France’s pension system into a universal system that will see pay-outs calculated from entire careers rather than the current last five years of activity. The pension age will also be increased from 62 to 64.