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Future mayor seeks meetings over rubbish crisis

Δημοσίευση 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:11 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Future mayor seeks meetings  over rubbish crisis
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The newly-elected Athens mayor George Kaminis, who takes over the mayor's office on January 1, 2011, on Wednesday said that he would like a meeting with Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis and Attica regional authority head Yiannis Sgouros in order to discuss the serious problem that has arisen with the mounds of rubbish on the streets of Athens.

The newly-elected Athens mayor George Kaminis, who takes over the mayor's office on January 1, 2011, on Wednesday said that he would like a meeting with Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis and Attica regional authority head Yiannis Sgouros in order to discuss the serious problem that has arisen with the mounds of rubbish on the streets of Athens.

The build-up in accumulated refuse initially occurred during a strike by municipal garbage collectors but was then compounded by the dismissal of some 100 contract workers previously employed at the Fylis landfill site, who lost their case in court. Even though the garbage collectors' strike has ended and they are trying to clear the streets, the landfill does not have enough staff to operate after hours and does not therefore have time to process or accept the increased quantity of rubbish that is continuing to pile up on the streets.

Kaminis warned that Athens would be celebrating the Christmas holidays in the company of 200,000 tonnes of rubbish heaped up in the streets and that the situation was likely to continue in January, at which time court rulings on the dismissal of a further 700 contract workers employed by the Athens municipality sanitation department are due to come out.

As part of a drive to cut state expenditure, the government is failing to renew the contracts of all state-sector staff employed on a temporary basis.