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FOOTBALL: Arena Amazonia World Cup football stadium builders strik

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Construction workers at the World Cup football stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus have gone on strike demanding better safety conditions.

The builders' union took action after a worker fell more than 35 metres to his death on Saturday.

All high work had already been halted by a court order on the weekend.

It is not clear when the contractors will resume work.

Half of the 12 stadiums being built for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are behind schedule.

The workers at Arena Amazonia say pressure to finish the construction is affecting their safety.

In March, another builder died in the stadium after falling from about 5 metres.

The stadium in the Amazonian jungle city is where the England team will open their 2014 World Cup campaign, playing against Italy.

Several construction workers have now died at venues connected with the World Cup as Brazil rushes to complete its stadiums on schedule.


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