Brazil’s Maracana Stadium Back on Track After Strike

August 25, 2011

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Work had been suspended on the proposed stadium for the FIFA 2014 World Cup after a worker was badly burnt and suffered leg injuries last Wednesday when an oil barrel with chemical residue exploded.

However, the union announced Tuesday that the consortium in charge of the site had agreed to some of their demands, including an increase in pay as well as on-site security. 

Romildo Viera, Union Leader, said: “We’re satisfied, that’s why we’ve returned to work today.

“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 stadium, which first opened in 1950, is due to host matches in the 2013 Confederations Cup before staging high-profile matches at the World Cup the following year.