Striking Stockholm waste collectors fired as trash starts to pile up

Around 50 waste collectors have been fired and a number of Stockholm districts left waiting for trash collection as a result of strikes in protest against salary changes.
The start of sudden strike action on Wednesday meant that 10,000 households in the Swedish capital did not have their trash collected as scheduled that day.
The employees of waste collection company Reno Norden started a so-called wildcat strike on Wednesday morning (a sudden strike not backed by unions) in response to salary changes due to begin in October, which workers argue will mean doing more for less. Employees of a different firm, Liselotte Lööf, then joined them in solidarity.
Reno Norden is one of a number of different companies that currently have waste collection contracts in Stockholm. It held meetings with union representatives and staff on Wednesday, but no resolution was found and they continued into Thursday. Then, at around 1pm, it decided to fire around 50 members of staff.
"The environmental workers at the company Reno Norden who took part in the last two days' strike have now been dismissed. As a result, negotiations between Transport and the trade organization the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises (Biltrafikens arbetsgivareförbund) are closed," the Swedish Transport Workers' Union (Transport) confirmed in a statement on their website.
The firm now needs to provide Stockholm waste management company Stockholm vatten och avfall with a plan for how it will get waste collection back under way as soon as possible. That could mean manning trucks with staff from different companies.
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