Rat Hunters in Paris Go on Strike to Demand Pay Raise – Heat Street

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on March 16th, 2017

Its tough being a rat hunter.

Paris rodent exterminators staged a one-day strike to denounce their deteriorating working conditions and call for better recognition of their important work, two months after a huge rat-culling operation was undertaken in the French capital.

Some 50 protestersnearly the entire staff of the Paris pest control unitgathered outside City Hall on Tuesday holding a giant banner that read The staff are angry with a dead rat lying under it.

According to the CGT trade union, there have been 14layoffs in the unit this past year and only three dozen workers were deployed to fight the proliferation of rats around Paris, leaving them overworked and distressed.

They are the ones exposed to the most difficult tasks They have always been forgotten, and they have always been the ones to do the dirty work,union representative Olivier Garret told AFP.

Their work is central to the city and they only want to be recognized.

On top ofstaff reinforcements, exterminators are asking for a 2,000-euro pay bump ($2,125),according to the CGT. Adding to their grievances, they claim that, contrary to street sweepers, they have not been thanked enough for their helpin cleaning upthe gruesome scene from the November 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people lost their lives.

Paris socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo responded by saying she would address personal thank you letters to each staff member.

Back in Decembercity officials launched a widespread anti-rodent campaign that was quickly dubbed the war on rats. Several parks and tourist hot spots including the Champs de Mars surrounding the iconic Eiffel Towerwere closed for several weeks while exterminators took to the citys sewer tunnels with poisonous baiting traps.

Last week, Hidalgo said the city would spend an additional 1.5 million ($1.6 million) to clean up the citys streets and rid the capital of rats.

Although the exact number of rats crawling the streets of Paris is unknown, the latest estimates say the French capital could be home to nearly 4 million rodents.

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