2014 World Cup FInal Stadium Construction Halted Due to Oil Spill

August 18, 2011

The construction of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium has been halted after construction workers went on strike following an on-site accident which hurt one of the workers.

The $595 million redevelopment project will see a new stadium formed within the shell of the original epic facility, ailment which opened for the 1950 World Cup. The iconic Maracana is the centrepiece of Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and is expected to stage the tournament’s final.

However, order problems began when one of the workers was badly burnt on Wednesday when an oil barrel with chemical residue exploded. Up to 1, treatment 500 people work on the stadium in rotating shifts and clearly felt a demonstration was needed to improve rights such as working conditions, pay and health care. “We must improve our working conditions which are not ideal. We’ll only return to work when our demands have been heard,” workers’ union director Romildo da Silva told Reuters.

Strikes have become a familiar story as one of the other venues the Mineirao stadium had workers strike for four days in June after poor conditions and bad pay.