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The preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil could be hit by a strike by the employers. It has been revealed today that employers want unified salaries and better benefits as a whole.
Brazil have been chosen as the unanimous candidate for hosting the 2014 World Cup after it was announced by FIFA that South America has been chosen as the candidate for hosting the next World Cup. Until now, there have been only a few number of isolated strikes across the country, but now the problem has escalated into a major one.
The workers union are prepared to go on strike in order to get the benefits. The Brazilian government has been criticised for the slow progress of work. There have been rumours that Brazil will not be ready in the best possible way to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, although the Brazilian government denies this. Only recently did the government sanction up to US$ 15 million for the revival of three major airports within the country. However, it has been reported by FIFA that up to 7 more airports may need renovation in order to comply with the standards required for the international tourists who will be arriving in the country for this massive tournament.
“We have workers doing almost exactly the same kind of work but they are not earning the same salary or being entitled to the same benefits at the different venues. This doesn’t make sense. If they are doing the same work, they should be getting paid the same salary, regardless of which region they are working in,” a worker’s union leader said. Inequality between the rich and the poor is very high in Brazil, and the workers see the 2014 FIFA World Cup as an opportunity to bring it down.