South Africa strike threatens World Cup

Around 70,000 construction workers in South Africa have gone on strike halting work on the stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

Unions are threatening to potentially wreck the tournament if they don’t receive a 13% pay rise on their wages. However, organisers are confident that the grounds will be ready for the summer of 2010 as long as the strike doesn’t carry on for months.

Danny Jordaan, Head of the World Cup organising committee, said: “The construction workers have been the lifeblood of the 2010 Fifa World Cup project. Their hard work has ensured that we are on track to meet our deadlines and that our stadiums will be among the best in the world next year.”

Patrick Geqeza, Soccer City union organiser, said: “We feel bad about going on strike but they don’t want to meet us half way. At present most of the workers are being paid 2,500 rand (£192) a month.”

One Response to “South Africa strike threatens World Cup”

  1. World Cup 2010 Packages Says:

    The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is set to be a momentous occasion for the country to show itself off to the world. But a strike by 70,000 construction workers demanding pay increases has halted work on the stadiums being built for the tournament.

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