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Workers threaten strike at World Cup stadium after worker dies

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The Canadian Press
2/8/2014 8:54:20 AM
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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Workers at a World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus are threatening to go on strike to demand better conditions following a third recent death at the venue.

The strike could further delay the completion of the Arena da Amazonia stadium just months before football's showcase tournament.

A union leader says the stoppage will begin Monday to "guarantee the workers' rights."

A 55-year-old Portuguese man was killed in an accident on Friday while disassembling a crane that was used to install the stadium's roof, becoming the third worker to die at the venue in less than a year.

The Arena da Amazonia is one of the five stadiums still under construction for the World Cup. Organizers say it was nearly completed when Friday's accident happened.

Arena da Amazonia (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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