World Cup workers in Curitiba perform brief impromptu strike
As Brazilian construction crews race against time to get as much done as possible before the World Cup, things continue to go awry.
With unpaid wages piling up, around 50 workers in the southeastern city of Curitiba halted work and cooked up an impromptu demonstration on Friday that stopped traffic and publicly displayed their dissatisfaction.
This is the second time in three months that workers in the area have spoken out against unpaid salaries, with around 100 workers in the same area performing a brief strike back in April.
Eventually, the workers were persuaded to come off the street and into a meeting by Brazilian club officials of Atletico Paranaense who play in the Arena da Baixada where the workers were striking.
Constructed in 1997, the box-looking Arena da Baixada is undergoing a major overhaul for the tournament, like many arenas around Brazil.
According to the Associated Press report, despite FIFA warnings in February about being behind schedule, the stadium looks to be nearing completion with landscaping being performed and a FIFA welcome banner being hung.
However, just days after Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes declared it a mistake to spread themselves thin across 12 cities for the World Cup, more problems are arising.
Curitiba will host four matches, starting on June 16th as Iran takes on Nigeria. Other matches at Arena da Baixada include Honduras vs. Ecuador, Australia vs. Spain, and Algeria vs. Russia. Spain is also expected to make Curitiba their base camp during the World Cup.