Difficulty: the garbage collectors, losers of the reform

Difficulty: the garbage collectors, losers of the reform

With the pension reform, garbage collectors could lose their benefits. They feel like they are being abandoned.

Difficulty: the garbage collectors, losers of the reform

140 garbage collectors and around forty trucks set off to storm waste in the east of Île-de-France. It is 4:45 a.m. The collection starts at a run to empty as many bins as possible as long as the streets are clear. You have to get off the step, pull out the filled trash can and hang it on the dumpster. The gestures are repetitive and difficult.

A life expectancy reduced by seven years compared to the average

Today, salaried private garbage collectors retire at 62 years old. They are waiting for the reform to take into account the arduous nature of their work before leaving earlier. Driver Laid Doukhi worked in the back of the truck for years, until one day a pickup broke three discs in his spine. It is 8 o’clock in the morning. After three hours of work, it’s time for a coffee break. It’s hard for Sadio Biba to imagine working until 62 years old. The life expectancy of garbage collectors is reduced by seven years compared to the national average.