Last Friday thousands of local government workers took to the streets of Madrid.
The reason – cuts by the capital’s right wing Popular Party administration to public services and work rights of the public servants delivering them.
The government had just imposed changes to collective contracts and wide ranging increases to local taxes and tariffs.
So, to signal their mourning for their rights and those of the general population to decent affordable public services, the workers dressed in black.
And they promise to do so every Friday, until their struggle makes the local politicians see the light.