S. Africa: Strike by World Cup workers continues

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JOHANNESBURG — Union officials say striking construction workers at 2010 World Cup stadiums have until Tuesday to consider a new offer by employers.

JOHANNESBURG — Union officials say striking construction workers at 2010 World Cup stadiums have until Tuesday to consider a new offer by employers. The strike entered its third day Friday. It is threatening to derail already tight schedules for construction projects supposed to be completed by December. Union official Rufus Dizana says employers offered workers an 11.5 percent wage increase — up from 10.4 percent. Workers are demanding a 13 percent increase. The new offer was made after protracted negotiations involving government and soccer officials began Thursday. Danny Jordan, the head of the World Cup organizing committee, says in a statement that he believes the workers will accept the "improved offer and will start work on the stadiums soon." ______ In photo: Construction workers demonstrate, outside the Green Point Soccer stadium during a protest at Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, July 9, 2009. World Cup organizers in South Africa say a strike by construction workers entered its second day as negotiators meet to try and resolve the standoff. The strike has halted work on World Cup stadiums and organizers fear that a prolonged strike could derail major projects ahead of the 2010 tournament the first World Cup on the continent. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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