Walking around Málaga at present time is getting a little disgusting to say the least. Since Tuesday of this past week - 1st March as the weather started getting more pleasant, Limasa the street cleaning service in the city walked out.
It doesnt matter who you are, whether you live in Málaga or you are a tourist, the site is getting more and more gross.
Of course during most of the months we are told that during the day we can´t throw away our rubbish until 9pm. The problem is that if you have very little space to store rubbish during the day and especially
in the summer this can be a bit of a pain.
The strike we are told is indefinate and by Thursday there were around 1222 tons of waste sitting in the streets, flowing out of the top of the bins and occupying large areas of the curbs.
This isnt the first time that Limasa has done this. Ok its alright to fight for what you think should be yours. They want 427 euros productivity bonus and a weeks holiday in the summer. I presume, althought the job is a little disgusting at some times, they DO get a pretty good wage and to get into a company like that isnt easy.
Malaga council want to pay the bonus money starting in 2017 apparently, increasing the amount to 1119 euros in 2018. Don´t forget this is a bonus!! They want employees to accept 2 weeks holidays between June and September and then it seems they get another 3 weeks to use up during the year.
Not everyone would see this kind of money as a wage, some people are struggling to make ends meet.
I´m not taking anyones side but i just think that these men are allowed to threaten by them not working and nothing will happen to them even id they dont come to an agreement. They will still have a job.
I guess it shows just how important services are like this. Companies on industrial estates can always bring in private companies to take away their waste but in the city it seems like another thing.
I presume if the council called in another company, if there is one, then the Limasa workers would do what they can to stop them from doing it and things could get out of hand.
Other companies if they tried to go on strike would be no doubt risking their jobs; there are plenty of people still unemployed in Spain.
The worse scenario that i can see is that this starts to go on into the summer. That would be just awful. There are course risks that insects begin to appear and worse than that rats. When the heat starts to beat down in the summer months the smell will be atrocious.
The strikers know what theyre doing, they know that their service is one of the most important in the city along with hospitals and public transport.
I have been so glad that the amount of tourists had risen also in Málaga and i have always said that its wonderful to walk around the city. But not with that site and that odour. People will divert from coming and go elsewhere which i think is a shame.
Fingers crossed that Limasa sort themselves out and come to some kind of agreement for everyones sake, the sooner the better.
Right now we wait....