Melbourne: Entire suburbs littered with rubbish and stench as cleaners strike


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Australia news- Sanitation workers in north Melbourne have been on strike for weeks to demand better pay and working conditions, creating a garbage crisis that has flooded the streets.

Bags of trash piled up in suburban Moreland where the district council said a shortage of workers was to blame.

When the population had enough and the crisis worsened, they had to use taxis to clean the streets and take the waste out of the city.

The mayor of the region, Oscar Yildiz, also participated in the campaign, explaining that he made his decision after hundreds of complaints he received about the accumulation of waste on the roads.

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"It's not a matter of days," Yildiz said. "This situation lasted for weeks."

The mayor explained that a new problem has now emerged as the garbage collectors have started a long strike, causing garbage bins to overflow in the streets and a stench on the roads.

The union of cleaners also plans to escalate the strike by shutting down the Hadfield dumpster, which will stop the collection of rubbish for all of Moreland's homes.

Workers are demanding an increase of $20 per week, and their union has announced that they will continue their negotiations with the government and continue to strike if no results are reached next week.

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