Portugal: trash collectors' strike, capital awash in refuse

On seventh day of strike set to end January 5

30 December, 13:17

    Garbage collection services strike in Lisbon Garbage collection services strike in Lisbon

    (ANSAmed) - LISBON - Authorities on Monday called on citizens in the Portuguese capital to minimize their trash output and not to leave it outdoors as a trash collectors' strike entered its seventh day.

    The strike was called against the privatization of essential public services, which are being contracted out to the private sector. It should end January 5, union sources said.

    Mayor Antonio Costa said the situation should be back to normal within the first 10 days of the new year. The uncollected trash is not so far a threat to public health, authorities said.

    (ANSAmed).

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