Dozens of workers strike at Curitiba World Cup stadium


Workers at Curitiba's Arena da Baixada have gone on strike over unpaid wages. The stadium remains under construction ahead of this summer's World Cup.

SAO PAULO (AP) - About 50 workers have gone on strike over unpaid salaries, according to a Brazilian soccer club that is renovating its stadium in Curitiba for the World Cup. Atletico Paranaense says Tuesday that the electrical technicians at the already-delayed Arena da Baixada in the southern city went on strike on Monday. The club says the strike is not significantly affecting renovation at the stadium, which has about 1,300 workers on-site.

Atletico says the company employing the technicians expected them to resume work on Wednesday.

FIFA expects the Arena da Baixada to be fully ready in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo.

Soccer's governing body nearly excluded Curitiba from the World Cup because of the stadium delay.

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