Madrid's street cleaners are now on strike for a second week, protesting substantial pay cuts and layoffs proposed by their employers. And each day, the city's sidewalks become more and more awash in garbage.
Private contractors run Madrid's waste collection services. After they proposed eliminating more than 1,000 jobs and reducing wages for remaining workers by as much as 40 percent, nearly all of the 6,000 cleaners took to the streets in protest.
City Hall, meanwhile, has complained that the contractors are not meeting the minimum service requirements of 40 percent, even during strikes. According to El Pais, the city government has reported "260 cases of garbage containers being set on fire and a further 40 cases of vandalism against public property."
The contractors have since offered to reduce the number of layoffs to 625 employees, but the strike continues. Meanwhile, litter, rotting food, and dog excrement continuing to pile up along the streets of Spain's capital: