In Canada, striking Montreal dustmen - frustrated after weeks of bargaining for increased pay - finally decided to take their problem direct to Montreal's Mayor Drapeau at City Hall.
GV Dustmen outside Town Hall, Montreal.
GV Truck jamming traffic outside Town Hall. (2 shots)
SV Dustmen throwing garbage into the air outside Town Hall. (3 shots)
SV AND GV Garbage outside Town Hall. (4 shots)
"They descended on old Montreal this morning, almost a thousand angry blue-collar workers in 400 trucks. They jammed every street in the area. When the blockade reached gigantic proportions they left their street-cleaners, dumpers and garbage-trucks, and assaulted the steps of City Hall. The stately brass doors were covered with stickers and leaflets. Mounds of debris were heaped on the steps - beer-cans, papers, even the stuffing from mattresses as the City Hall began to resemble the city dump. The workers have been offered an eight-and-a-half percent raise on a one year contract. The union wants fourteen-and-a-half. Right now, blue-collar workers make an average of slightly more than six dollars and hour. So far the only sign of workers' discontent has been a tendency for traffic-lights to malfunction during rush hour. The union denies responsibility but they say today's protest is only the beginning if negotiations don't resume soon."
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REPORTER: JEFFREY DVORKIN
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Background: In Canada, striking Montreal dustmen - frustrated after weeks of bargaining for increased pay - finally decided to take their problem direct to Montreal's Mayor Drapeau at City Hall. On Thursday (30 June) they drove up in a convoy of garbage-trucks, creating a huge traffic-jam, and then emptied their dustbins onto the City Hall steps.