S. African World Cup Laborers End Strike

Workers building new stadiums negotiate 12% pay raise
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 2:09 PM CDT
S. African World Cup Laborers End Strike
Construction workers run and sing in front of the Green Point soccer stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, today.   (AP Photo)

South African construction workers tasked with building facilities for the 2010 World Cup today called off their week-long strike after 15 hours, clearing a major obstacle in the country’s preparations to host to the world’s most watched sports competition, AFP reports. Construction firms agreed to give the roughly 70,000 laborers a 12% raise in an agreement that extends for 1 year.

“We only hope that the construction industry has learned a lesson, not to take for granted issues of their employees. This is the only way we can avoid strikes,” said a union rep. South Africa is building five brand-new stadiums for the event, and upgrading five existing venues. (More strike stories.)

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