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Thursday June 12, 2014

Metro Employees Call Off Strike in Rio

Metro Employees Call Off Strike in Rio

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Rio de Janeiro metro employees accepted the salary hike proposal offered by management and cancelled the strike they had threatened to call on the eve of the inaugural match of the 2014 soccer World Cup being hosted by Brazil, labor leaders said Wednesday.

The threat of a metro workers’ strike remains open however, in Sao Paulo, where the soccer tourney will begin on Thursday with the match between Brazil and Croatia.

In Rio de Janeiro, workers rejected the strike by just eight votes at an assembly held Tuesday evening at the headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro Metro Workers Union.

The latest proposal by public transport workers was for an 8 percent pay hike and was approved despite the fact that the workers initially had demanded 15 percent.

The decision ostensibly means that the Rio metro will function normally during the World Cup.

Regarding Sao Paulo, where metro workers are also engaged in a salary dispute, union members will meet Wednesday evening to decide whether or not they will stage a strike starting Thursday.


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