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Rio airport workers strike on eve of world cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 01:10

June 12 - Workers at three of Rio de Janeiro´s airports called a 24-hour ´go-slow´ beginning at midnight on the day the 2014 World Cup in Brazil opens. Sarah Toms reports.

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After construction delays and budget overruns, more bad news for Brazil. Army tanks and jeeps head for Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro. It's just one of three ariports where workers have declared a slowdown beginning at midnight on the eve of the opening match of the World Cup. Santos Dumont airport provides a domestic service, including flights to Sao Paulo, where the first World Cup game is being held on Thursday. The airport was almost deserted late on Wednesday. Check-in assistants, baggage handlers, mechanics, and engineers are among the workers taking part in the 24-hour strike. For months, they've been seeking salary raises of at least 5.6 percent. A court has ordered the unions to keep staffing at 80 percent of normal levels or face a $22,400 fine. The National Agency of Civil Aviation is monitoring events closely and says all airline companies are equipped with a contingency plan during the World Cup. The tournament's first match to be held in Rio will be on Sunday between Argentina and Bosnia.

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Rio airport workers strike on eve of world cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 01:10