Refuse collectors resolve their strike which initially began on Queen's Day (Koninginnedag), April 30th, and then continued from May 6th until the 15th. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 15/05/2010.
The strike was in support of a 2.75% pay deal which was reached between unions and employers late on Saturday. This year workers will see a 1.5% pay rise with a higher end of year bonus. Next year they will get a further pay rise and bonus of 0.5%.
Some estimate it will take at least a week for the rubbish to be cleaned up. Others embraced the rubbish around the northern area of the Keizersgracht, where people had graffitied it creating works of art.