Ghent refuse collectors strike enters second day

Unions and management at the inter-municipal waste company Ivago failed to reach an agreement in talks to end the refuse collectors’ dispute in the East Flemish city of Ghent on Monday evening. A union source told VRT News that the talks broke down at around 10pm on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the strike by Ghent’s refuse collectors has entered its second day. No rubbish is been collected today in either the centre of Ghent or the suburb of Ledeberg in the south-east of the city.  

The refuse collectors at Ivago downed tools on Monday morning in protest at the high levels of work pressure they say that they are subjected to. They are unhappy that they are expected to do a lot more work due to colleagues being on annual leave.

The issue is made worse by the warm weather. A perceived lack of respect on the part of management at Ivago has long been a cause on tension. Ivago is asking people in Ghent not to put their rubbish out until the dispute is resolved.