A strike by garbagehaulers in the French capital left Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac steaming Friday as the city was forced to resort to emergency measures.
"This strike is not only illegal but also condemnable because it has taken on a completely inadmissable form," Chirac said.Strikers are "not content to leave their vehicles in the garage but have also blocked access to three incinerators and two transfer stations" used to store garbage until it is burned.
The strike since Sept. 18 in 14 of the city's 20 districts has sidewalks crowded with barrels and the odour of waste wafting across the City of Light.
The haulers, led by the Communist-dominated General Confederation of Labor, are pressing their demands for more wage increases.
The protest involves 90 percent of the 600 drivers and garbage loaders in Paris. A 24-day strike by garbage haulers in May forced the city to increase pay by $30 a month.
Chirac announced that in nine districts the city is providing free plastic garbage bags, while in others containers have been installed for trash disposal.