They refuse to collect the rubbish as the strike continues into second week

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The piles of rubbish are mounting in the Malaga streets.

UPDATE: On March 9 Malaga City Hall has finally broken the strike and has contracted outsider companies to collect the rubbish.

The Mayor, Francisco de la Torre has followed through with his warning and has contracted an external company to remove the rubbish from the most crucial points in the city by the Local Police. This is much to the disapproval of the unions. 

THE STREETS of Malaga are litter-alley over flowing with waste as the rubbish strike continues into the second week. New fears that this strike could be a repeat of the situation which occurred in December 2013 are mounting like the rubbish.  

The company in charge of rubbish collection and street cleaning in Malaga, Limasa, started the strike last Tuesday March 1 for an indefinite period as unions and the company couldn´t come to an agreement over a €437 bonus and a week´s holiday in the summer. 

Malaga council – the majority shareholder in Limasa, proposes paying the bonus in 2017 and increasing the total amount to €1,119 euros in 2018. The council believes Limasa employees should accept a fortnight’s holiday between June and September, and the remaining three weeks throughout the rest of the year.

Whilst, on the other hand, the trade unions, representing employees, are fighting for the bonus to be paid this year and a single-bonus payment in 2017. In terms of holiday, they’re adamant that employees get three weeks in the summer with a fortnight to be taken during the rest of the year.

Both sides are not budging meaning the piles of uncollected rubbish are growing. Emergency collection services were being carried out over the weekend of March 5 but two metre piles of rubbish are now becoming a common sight. 

During a four-day strike in late 2013 the amount of rubbish which accumulated in the Málaga streets was estimated at 1,600 tons. 

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