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Worker Dies After Falling Off Roof At Brazil World Cup Stadium in Manaus
Published December 16, 2013
DOWNPLAYING THE PROBLEMS: REUTERS' Mike Collett wrote Brazil's "troubled buildup" to the 2014 World Cup continued on Saturday. Officials "moved to downplay a strike of 300 workers at the stadium in Curitiba." Miguel Capobiango, the coordinator for UGP Copa, the umbrella coordination organization for all World Cup projects in Manaus, said on a site visit last Wednesday that construction time on the stadium "had been increased and workers were now operating in three shifts for all but four hours a day." Atlético Paranaense Exec Marketing Dir Mauro Holzmann, whose team will play at the stadium after the World Cup, told reporters at a news conference at the stadium on Saturday that the strike "would be settled by Monday." Holzmann: "It was a small problem, a misunderstanding and it won't happen again. We had trouble getting access to government funds to pay the workers. Put it down to Brazilian bureaucracy" (REUTERS, 12/15).