Sanitation Workers in US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Go On Strike

Sanitation Workers in US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Go On Strike

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Sanitation workers are considered essential employees that are exempted from the city's lockdown orders. Sanitation workers in the US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are refusing to collect rubbish until the city provides them with face masks and hazard pay.

"We risk our life every time we grab a garbage bag," one striking worker told reporters as he announced that rubbish would not be collected on Wednesday.

"We’re playing Russian roulette with every garbage bag that we’re grabbing," Sheldon White told local channel WPXI-TV.

"Half the people don't tie their bags, so when the stuff spills out, they tell you to pick it up. There's Kleenexes that people blow their nose and cough in."

In a statement, the City of Pittsburgh said that workers had been supplied with cleaning wipes and gloves and were being "encouraged" to wash their uniforms daily.

The refuse collectors were sent home with pay on Wednesday and told to report back to work on Thursday, according to WPXI.



                                     
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