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Workers covering essential services remove garbage strewn on a pavement on the 11th day of an indefinite strike by street cleaners in Madrid

Workers covering essential services remove garbage strewn on a pavement on the 11th day of an indefinite strike by street cleaners in Madrid November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Madrid litter strike

A 12-day strike by street sweepers that left Madrid littered with garbage was set to end on Sunday after private maintenance companies cancelled plans to lay off a fifth of the Spanish capital's street cleaners.

The cleaners walked off the job on November 5 after three companies with maintenance contracts with city hall sought to freeze salaries and lay off 1,134 out of 6,000 workers. (Reuters)