In many neighborhoods of New York City garbage was piling up this Thursday in what the authorities consider a protest against the obligatory nature of the anticovid vaccine that comes into force November 1 for all city officials.
“It is unacceptable,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, announcing that this sit-down strike “will have consequences.”
“People may not agree with the decision, but this decision is for the health and safety of New Yorkers,” he said.
On October 20, the mayor’s office announced that after the teachers and health personnel, the rest of municipal workers, including police, firefighters and garbage collectorsThey will have to present a vaccination certificate to be able to access their jobs from November 1.
“It’s not fair to your colleagues, it’s not fair to your neighbors. It’s not fair to New Yorkers. They are paying you, you have to do your job “, he snapped at the undercover strikers, before the press.
As of Wednesday, 75% of New York police personnel had received at least one dose of vaccine and 64% of firefighters; while in health services it rises to 67%, according to data provided by the mayor himself.
De Blasio was optimistic and hopes that “many will be vaccinated towards the end of the term.”
To encourage vaccinations in one of the cities hardest hit by the virus, the mayor’s office promised $ 500 in the next payroll to those who receive a dose by October 29 at the latest.
About 9,500 people work to collect and recycle about 12,000 tons of waste that 8.8 million New Yorkers produce each day, according to the city’s Sanitation Department.
The first neighborhoods affected by this covert strike were Brooklyn and Staten Island.