Garbage littered the streets of Paris on Thursday (14 November) as industrial unrest continued to spread throughout France.
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Background: Garbage littered the streets of Paris on Thursday (14 November) as industrial unrest continued to spread throughout France.
It was the second day running that Paris street cleaners and dustmen stayed at home. Paris -- which prides itself on its clean appearance -- was littered with debris and overflowing dustbins.
City officials were not certain whether the striking cleaners and dustmen would return to work on Friday (15 November) to clean up the back-log of garbage.
There appeared to be no end in sight to the wave of strikes which have seriously affected the French economy. The stoppages have been in support of a month-long strike by postal workers who are seeking higher wages and improved working conditions in opposition to the government's anti-inflation austerity measures.
The industrial unrest has spread through the public services. The lights went out in many northern French cities when electricity workers joined the strike.
The strike campaign has been organised largely by the communist-led C.G.T. trade union group which has called for an all out national one-day strike on Tuesday (19 November).