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Garbage piles up in Lisbon, Portugal as collectors' strike runs to almost a week

Published on Dec 29, 2013 7:01 PM

LISBON (AFP) - Piles of garbage mounted in the streets of Lisbon on Sunday as refuse collectors pursued a nearly week-long strike over budget cuts.

The strike, which started on Dec 23, was prompted by the city's use of outside contractors and the privatisation of essential services, according to a statement from the CGTP union confederation.

The CGTP said it would continue the strike until Jan 5, though Lisbon Mayor Antonio Costa said he thought it would take a few more days before things return to normal.

The authorities have asked residents not to put out their rubbish during the strike.

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