Brazil airport workers may strike on World Cup first day

Reports in local media of possible strike in Rio de Janeiro airport on opening day of World Cup

Brazil airport workers may strike on World Cup first day

World Bulletin/News Desk

Airport workers in Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have declared a 24-hour strike during the opening day of the World Cup.

News service G1 reported Wednesday that an airport workers’ union said one-fifth of workers in Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, Galeao, its domestic airport, Santos Dumont, and small general aviation airport, Jacarepagua, would strike from midnight local time.

The workers, who include cleaners and baggage handlers, said they wanted a pay rise and other improvements to their working conditions.

Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency, ANAC, said in an emailed statement that it was monitoring the situation, and any possible impacts on the airport’s operations.

“In addition, airlines have contingency plans drawn up for the period of the tournament,” the note added.

A source from Infraero, the state-owned company which operates the airport, said that as of 8 p.m. local time they had not heard anything about a strike.

“At the moment everything is functioning normally,” the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, as she was not authorised to speak to the press, said. “This news is confusing us, because we have not had any information about a strike.”

The strike is likely to cause inconvenience to tourists and business travellers and be a blow for the government and FIFA. Galeao handles some 32,000 passengers a day through two terminals.

Workers across various industries have taken advantage of increased international scrutiny to walk off the job, demanding higher pay and other benefits. 

A recent five-day strike by metro workers in Sao Paulo brought traffic chaos to an already congested city, while almost 40 people were killed in Salvador during a two-day military police strike in April.

 

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