Paris strike: Bin collectors kick up stink over pay

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People walk past bins that overflow with bags of garbage during a strike by rubbish collectors in Paris.Image source, Reuters
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Garbage piled up in the streets of Paris as strikes by garbage collectors entered its fourth day on Thursday

Rubbish is collecting in the streets of Paris as a strike by bin collectors over pay enters its fourth day.

Overflowing bins crowded pavements on Thursday in about half of Parisian districts, or arrondissements.

The strike comes amid frustration over spending cuts across the French economy.

Bin collectors plan to join a general protest on Thursday along with workers from Air France, which saw violent protests this week over job cuts.

Paris city hall said 45% of the French capital's 4,900 waste workers were on strike.

The strikers say their wages are not keeping up with the cost of living, and too few garbage workers are eligible for promotion, according to the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) union.

Some areas of Paris have been hit harder than others as private companies are responsible for rubbish collection in about half of the city's districts.

Image source, Reuters
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Restaurant owners in Paris are complaining that the smell is driving away customers from their terraces