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Madrid's striking street cleaners reach a deal including six weeks without pay


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Madrid's striking street cleaners reach a deal including six weeks without pay

Madrid’s street cleaners have ratified a deal reached by union representatives and their employers ending a 12-day strike over threatened layoffs.

In return for management cancelling plans to sack over 1,000 of the 6,000-strong workforce, it was agreed that every employee must work for six weeks each year without pay until 2017.

UGT union delegate Juan Carlos del Rio said after the talks: ‘We want to say to Spanish workers that there is another way to work this out. We cannot accept layoffs.”

As the marathon talks to find a solution went on into their third day cleaners held a demonstration nearby. Spain’s five-year budget crisis has led to public spending cuts leaving one in four workers without a job.

The strike has seen rubbish build up on the streets of the capital upsetting tourists and residents alike. Over the weekend the mayor of Madrid sent in emergency workers escorted by police to begin clearing up.

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