Work on the Maracana Stadium, scheduled to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, has come to a standstill.

Workers have threatened to stage a full-scale strike beginning next week if their demands for better salaries and benefits were not met, and has labelled the the current stoppage as a warning.

The walk-out by the construction staff at the Rio de Janeiro venue has sparked negotiations with the construction companies over the workforce's desire for a higher salary, meal vouchers, and health plans.

The renovation at Maracana is already behind schedule as it was originally expected to be completed in December.

The famed stadium will host three matches during the Confederations Cup from June 15-30, including the final.

The union representing the workers said they were expected to return to work on Tuesday but a strike could start as early as Monday February 25th.


Posted on 19/02/2013