Posts Tagged ‘Stockholm’

Stockholm in tra$h uproar

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

[This will be a total rewrite, but as I don’t live in the motherland at the moment, I have to rely on larger news outlets. Apologies.]

According to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, municipal authorities have been getting 17 times as many complaint calls from citizens regarding uncollected garbage bags, following the decision by Stockholm refuse collectors we reported on earlier this month.

In short, a conflict between contractors and their employees has led to a situation in which the refuse collectors refuse to carry more than what is legal, in manners that are legal, as stipulated in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Trash bags heavier than 33 pounds remain uncollected, as do any bags positioned in a facility behind piles of snow.

City officials are of course blaming the contractors, who seems to have failed to comment properly so far..

Trash all over Stockholm

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Remember the trash collector wildcat strike that broke out in Stockholm exactly one year ago? Yesterday, the labour court came to a decision on issues in the aftermath. In short, the court ruled in favour of the tra$h company who fired wildcat striking trash collectors who wouldn’t accept a monthly salary, instead of the piece wages traditionally paid in the industry.

The union organizing trash collectors have (in outrage) responded to this by announcing that they henceforth will abide strictly to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which will be problematic to say the least. Union spokesperson Peder Murell issued the following statement to the Swedish Radio:

We will not haul trash bags heavier than 15 kilograms [33 pounds], we will not handle containers without wheels, we will not collect if snow hasn’t been shoveled away. I expect a lot of stuff will stay where it is.

As context, Stockholm has had its coldest January since 1987 and there is more snow than anyone can remember. To be continued.

Trash hiatus

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I’m heading to Rio, Vic is heading to Stockholm, it may be a slow week for garblogging. Catch you on the other side of the long weekend. Hopefully we’ll return with fun tales of foreign trash. Like this rad ecological center in Brazil. Thanks for the link, Keith!


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