July 8, 2009

Strike halts work on World Cup stadiums

Construction on South African stadiums tabbed for use in the 2010 World Cup competition has been halted by a construction workers strike, organizers say.

Organizers said unless the strike by nearly 70,000 construction workers takes months to conclude, the World Cup stadiums should be ready for the start of the international soccer competition, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Union officials are seeking a 13 percent increase in the workers' wages through the work stoppage and strike. Most of the individuals working on the stadiums are being paid an estimated $310 a month.

An offer from employers of a 10 percent increase has already been rejected by National Union of Mineworkers officials.

NUM representative Bhekani Ngcobo said efforts would be made to prevent the employers from hiring temporary workers to complete the work on the stadiums.

The BBC said ahead of the 2010 World Cup, six stadiums were being built in South Africa while four additional stadiums in the event's host country were being renovated.