Maracana workers end strike, World Cup work resume
Rio de Janeiro: Construction workers refurbishing the Maracana stadium for the 2014 World Cup finals have ended their strike for better conditions, their union and the consortium in charge of the site said.
The workers went on strike last Wednesday after a colleague was badly burnt and suffered leg injuries when an oil barrel with chemical residue exploded on site.
Their union said the consortium in charge of the work agreed to most of the workers` demands including improved security and pay.
"We`re satisfied, that`s why we`ve returned to work today," union leader Romildo Vieira told reporters.
"Negotiations ended like this: the health plan will be only for the workers (at first) but we`re going to look into the possibility of extending it to their families.”
"The deadline to finish the work on the Maracana is December of next year. The days of stoppage won`t delay the work. If necessary we`ll work more hours," Vieira added.
He said there could be up to 3,000 men involved in the work over that period of time. At present there are 2,000 working in three shifts.
The work on the stadium, set to hold Confederations Cup matches in 2013 and expected to stage the World Cup final a year later, are estimated will cost about one billion reais (377.9 million pounds).
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- China condemns Pakistan over Uri terror attack
- Indian- Americans launch online petition to declare Pakistan 'sponsor of terrorism'
- DNA: Analysis over who is responsible for tense condition of Kashmir after Burhan Wani's death?
- Should Pakistani artists be restricted from working in India?
- EU warns Pakistan of political and economic sanctions over atrocities in Baloch
- Onam Bumper Lottery/Kerala Thiruvonam Bumper-2016 BR-51 draw result declared - Here is the winning ticket number
- Uri attack: Israel ready to help India with cutting-edge technology to secure borders
- India's Rafale vs Pakistan's F-16: Why the French fighter jet is the best choice for dogfight
- MNS ultimatum to Pakistani actors: Leave India in 48-hour deadline
- All you need to know about Reliance JioFi at Rs 1,999 – use free data till December 31