Municipality workers union POE-OTA decided to suspend the garbage strike for reasons of “public health” as the heat wave is already in Greece.
The union said that garbage trucks may go out tonight or early Friday morning.
They have warned that they will continue their mobilization to secure jobs for several thousands of cleaners on temporary contracts.
Video: municipality workers’ protest march at 36° C Friday morning
Tonnes of garbage have been rotting on the streets for 12 consecutive days, amid summer temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius.
Health organizations have appealed to workers to suspend the strike as “public health was at serious risk especially due to the wet waste rotting in the sun.”
In some areas, municipalities started to send garbage trucks and emergency personnel to collect at least some of the garbage as of Tuesday.
Municipality workers will need estimated three days to free the Greek capital from the garbage disaster.
According to the latest weather forecast, temperatures are expected to reach up to 45 degrees Celsius on Friday, June 30 2017, in some parts of Athens.
The heat wave is expected to last until Sunday, July 2 2017.