As trash piled up on Paris streets because of a garbage collectors' strike, workers occupied a city building Thursday amid frustration over spending cuts across the French economy.
Tourists and Parisians sidestepped overflowing garbage bins as the strike entered its fourth day Thursday. City hall said about half of Paris' districts, or arrondissements, were affected and 45 percent of the city's 4,900 waste workers are on strike.
Unions, whose workers occupied waste incineration plants in the Paris region earlier this week, argue that wages aren't keeping up with the cost of living and too few garbage workers are eligible for promotion. City hall is negotiating with the workers but says it will take weeks to reach a solution.