Olympic misery: Construction workers Rio de Janeiro on strike
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 21, May 2015
Rio de Janeiro — Construction workers in the Brazilian city of
Rio de Janeirowho prepare some key venues for the
2016 Summer Olympicsquit working on Monday. They demand higher wages and better working conditions.
According to union SitraICP, about 70 percent of the estimated 12,000 construction workers who are involved in the
Rio de Janeiro Olympic constructionswill participate in the
The strike will have consequences for the work at the Deodoro Olympic Park, where eleven Olympic and four Paralympic competitions will take place and at the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, where the athletics competitions will be organized.
The construction of the
Rio de Janeiro metro linewhich links the city with the district of Barra da Tijuca, where most Olympic activities will occur, will be hampered.
The works will not be entirely abandoned. Judge Angelo Zamorano has ruled that at least 30 percent of workers in all construction companies involved must continue their work.
On Friday, consultation takes place between the unions and the employers. Flexibility on both sides is ncessary, because the entire preparation of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics is already severly behind schedule.