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2014 World Cup: Safety concerns put halt to work on Curitiba stadium

Last updated on: October 04, 2013 12:52 IST

Safety concerns put halt to work on Curitiba stadium

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Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup suffered a setback after immediate suspension of construction at a host venue was ordered by a judge due to safety concerns.

According to CNN, the Arena de Baixada, also known as Estadio Joaquim Americo Guimaraes, is in the city of Curitiba and the stadium is scheduled to host four group stage matches next June. However, Judge Lorena Colnago has suspended all work on the arena after declaring that workers were at serious risk of being injured, the report said.


Image: A view of the construction of the Arena da Amazonas Stadium in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest in Manaus
Photographs: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

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Danger of being buried, run over, falling from heights

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An inspection will be held before work can resume after the judge stated that workers were in danger of ''being buried, run over, falling from heights and being hit by material, among other serious risks,'' the report added.


Image: A view of the construction of the Arena da Amazonas Stadium in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest in Manaus
Photographs: Bruno Kelly/Reuters
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Trade unionists protest outside FIFA over Qatar workers

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Trade unionists showed a symbolic red card to FIFA as they protested outside the headquarters of soccer's governing body on Thursday over labour rights in Qatar, host nation for 2022 World Cup.

Around 100 protesters from Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Swiss union Unia gathered at the front gates waving red cards as FIFA's executive committee began a two-day meeting to discuss the tournament.

FIFA will debate whether, in principle, they should move the event from the June-July period, in the searing Qatari summer, as well as the situation of migrant workers who will be working on World Cup construction sites.

Britain's Guardian newspaper reported last week that dozens of Nepali workers had died on building sites in Qatar over the summer.

Meanwhile, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said current mortality figures for workers from Nepal and India, who account for the bulk of the 1.2 million migrant workers in the country, show on average 400 workers die each year.

"Those people working on the sites have nothing, they suffer," BWI assistant general secretary Marion Hellmann told reporters. "There is still a lot of time to change. We want to have an abolition of the sponsorship system, for example, where people are bound to their employer, their passport is withheld and they cannot escape.

"We want to get labour inspectors in place to go to the sites and do inspection work. We want to get a very clear commitment from the (Qatar) government and from FIFA," he added.

"We want people to have drinking water, food, a good bed to sleep, good air-conditioned rooms, good salary, not just seven dollars a day.

"We still have 10 years to go, good time to make changes."


Image: Members of the Swiss UNIA workers union display red cards and shout slogans during a protest in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body FIFA
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Deeply alarmed

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Swiss-based BWI says it groups together around 328 trade unions representing around 12 million members in 130 countries.

FIFA have already expressed concern over reports of working conditions and the world players' union FIFPro has said it is "deeply alarmed."


Image: Members of the Swiss UNIA workers union display red cards and shout slogans during a protest in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body FIFA
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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