Madrid’s street cleaners end strike

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Street cleaners in Madrid have voted to end the strike that had been leaving Madrid accumulating garbage on the streets for two weeks (read more about this event herefor an agreement with the City Hall was reached.

Pressure has been building on Mayor Ana Botella from hotel and shop owners, who have been outspoken in saying the strike is hurting the city’s image and their businesses, and from neighborhood associations which complain that trash and broken glass are littering the streets.

Street cleaners were to return to work late Sunday, said Francisco Aguilar, a local leader of the CGT union, confirming Spanish media reports about the end of the strike. A spokesman for management could not immediately be reached.

About 6,000 street and parks cleaners went on strike on November 5, after three large private services companies that share the city concession for street cleaning announced 1,134 job cuts — an 18% reduction of the workforce — and threatened salary reductions for those remaining.

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