9 Jul 2009

World Cup stadium work hit by strike

6:12 am on 9 July 2009

Construction workers in South Africa are on strike, halting work on stadiums being built for the 2010 World Cup.

Six entirely new stadiums are being built for the World Cup and four are being modernised.

Unions are threatening to wreck the tournament if demands for a 13% wage increase are not met. Employers have offered 10%.

Organisers say they are confident the grounds will still be ready, unless the strike continues for months.

On Monday, judges rejected a request from the employers to outlaw the strike, which unions say is indefinite.

The BBC reports most of the workers are paid 2,500 rand ($US310) per month at present.