Bones And Bras Strew The Streets Of Madrid As Garbage Collectors Strike

Madrid’s garbage collectors have been on strike all week — and they are creating quite the stink.

Madrid’s 6,000 street sweepers and garbage collectors in public parks are on strike to protest layoffs and pay cuts. The strike started after private companies contracted by the city announced plans to cut salaries by 40 percent and to lay of more than 1,000 workers.

6. Others are less impressed.

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7. This is not art.

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11. At least the colors are nice?

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12. Union leaders say they are not taking back to the streets soon.

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13. “The strike is indefinite, we’re not going to sign an agreement that pushes some of us into poverty and the rest into unemployment,” a union leader told Bloomberg Businessweek.

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14. The average salary of the effected workers ranges from 900 to 1,300 euros ($1,205 to 1,740 USD).

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