Cleaners on the Paris Metro have been on strike since March 24.
GV: Train pulling into platform of station in Paris Metro with piles of garbage on platform (2 shots)
SV: People walking onto platform passing rubbish an rubbish under and around seats. (2 shots)
CU: Rubbish containers overflowing (2 shots)
LV ZOOM INTO: Bags of salt split on platform
LV ZOOM INTO: Rubbish and overflowing rubbish containers
GV: Rubbish in foreground of platform as train pulls out of station
GV: Metro station
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Background: Cleaners on the Paris Metro have been on strike since March 24. Rubbish in the underground has accumulated to such an extend that commuters now wade through piles of tickets, newspapers and bottles to board their trains.
SYNOPSIS: The Metro is normally kept clean by nine hundred workers under contract to sweep the forty five miles of platforms. Most of the cleaning is done by brush and broom and at night, when the trains stop running, the cleaning crews go down to on to the tracks and pick up rubbish by hand.
The cleaners are striking for better working conditions and a pay rise to bring them above the minimum basic wage. Most are immigrants and have a accused their employers of exploiting their fear of losing their jobs and being deported.
The Railway authority has left negotiations to the contractors without intervening in the dispute. Meanwhile, the passengers must put up with increasingly dirty stations.