القمامة تغطي شوارع مدينة ليدز البريطانية

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Today Vicki and Liliane talk about a strike that is causing a stink in the UK city of Leeds.

Many refuse and street cleaning staff in the city are now entering the ninth week of their strike for better pay and work conditions.

They began the strike hoping that their employer, Leeds City Council, will not continue with plans to cut their salaries by up to 5000 pounds.

The council claims that it is not cutting the salaries of the cleaning staff, but actually removing any inequality between the pay grades of men and women.

It says that historically, men would get paid more than women and it is bringing the pay of men down to that of women, in order to iron out any differences between the two.

The council's Richard Brett also told the BBC that the council has to pay people according to the skills and working conditions required for the job and because this job is considered as an unskilled job, people in it will receive less pay than others.

However the workers are not happy at all and one of them told the BBC that he would have to sell his house to live if the cut in pay occurs.

Whilst this strike continues and negotiations between the two sides go on, the people of Leeds have to deal with uncollected rubbish causing a terrible smell.

In some areas it is so bad that people cannot walk to their local shops without holding their noses and sometimes they even have to walk over rubbish on the pavements.

The situation is not as bad for rats though, as they are very happy with all the rubbish and thrown away food on the streets.

Because they breed very quickly, unless Leeds City Council and the cleaning staff reach an agreement, the numbers of rats in Leeds will keep multiplying.

At the moment an agreement still seems far away and until it is reached, it looks like the rats of Leeds will be the only ones happy at the strike!

How much should street cleaners receive? Should they get paid less than other civil servants and why? Write to us in English!
ما هو الاجر المناسب لعمال نظافة الشوارع؟ هل ينبغي ان يتقاضوا أجورا أقل من الموظفين الحكوميين ولماذا؟ اكتب لنا بالانجليزية

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

strike
اضراب
causing a stink
تسبب/ تبعث رائحة كريهة
refuse
قمامة
street cleaning staff
عمال نظافة الشوارع
employer
صاحب العمل
inequality
عدم مساواة
iron out any differences
تسوية خلافات/ اختلافات/ عدم مساواة
unskilled job
وظيفه لا تحتاج الى مهارات
negotiations
مفاوضات
uncollected
لم تجمع
rats
الفئران
multiplying
يتضاعف

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

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