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Rubbish is piling up on Athens streets as temperatures soar

first_img Share71 Tweet Email3 28 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3459043 Short URL 22,080 Views Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 8:35 PM By AFPcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article After five days of strike of the waste collectors, the streets are almost entirely covered with refuse. Source: DPA/PA ImagesMOUNDS OF RUBBISH festered in rising temperatures in Athens today as thousands demonstrated in support of refuse collectors demanding the renewal of their contracts.Authorities said around 5,000 people gathered in central Athens, closing roads to traffic in the latest protest against austerity measures imposed by the country’s international creditors. Tension between Municipal waste collection workers and the police outside of the Greek parliament. Source: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/PA ImagesProtesters descended on Syntagma Square, which has become a crucible for popular discontent over Greece’s flailing economy.Refuse collectors in the capital have not done their rounds in three days due to a contract dispute, with unions suggesting 6,500 workers risk having their terms expire. Rubbish is piling up on Athens’ streets as temperatures soar Greek workers are protesting against staff shortages that have resulted from terminating hundreds of short-term contracts. Jun 22nd 2017, 8:35 PM Tension between Municipal waste collection workers and the police outside of the Greek parliament. Source: Aristidis VafeiadakisWith rubbish piling up across the city, Athens municipality urged residents not to take out their waste as temperatures topped 30 degrees by midday (10am Irish time).Similar protests were held in Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki and in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. A Greek union is holding a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages that have resulted from the expiry of hundreds of short-term contracts. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesWaste management in Greece is a recurring source of contention due to a recruitment freeze and many workers being offered only temporary contracts.In Athens, refuse workers are calling for a new dump as the only current disposal site is deemed to be overfilled and a public health risk.© – AFP 2017Read: Church of England admits it ‘colluded and concealed’ sex abuse claims against a bishopRead: Donald Trump says he does not have tapes of that secret meeting with Comeylast_img

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