Sunday, December 15, 2013

Workers Set To Strike Over World Cup Stadium Deaths

Preparations for the tournament in Brazil have taken another hit, after a workers union publicly denounced safety conditions around building sites

A death of a second worker at a World Cup construction site in Brazil on Saturday could be set to spark a nationwide strike amongst fellow builders.

The man collapsed following a heart attack while working around the Amazonas Convention Center, within the Arena Amazonia stadium compound.

The workers union the casualty belonged to has been vocal with their anger at safety conditions on sites and Brazil could face a crisis ahead of the tournament if tradesmen down tools in protest.

"A general strike would be ideal, to show the reality that nobody wants to see," Sintracomec-AM president Cicero Custodio told Globoesporte.

"The government only shows the pretty part of the works and forgets who's there making them happen. This Monday we will be there, demanding our rights as workers and exposing this reality.

"The accident happened because there wasn't a safety technician on site. The Labour Ministry has to get off their chairs and audit the works, even when there are people working at night."

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