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