Strike action continues to hit Rio's 2016 Olympic Park

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Strike action continues to hit Rio's 2016 Olympic Park

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A strike by construction workers working on Brazil’s 2016 Olympic Park entered it’s fifth day on Tuesday.

Hundreds of construction workers returned to Rio’s Olympic Park to continue their protests for higher pay and health care.

On Monday protesters clashed with security guards although no one was reportedly injured.

One union member told reporters the workers wanted more equality.

Marcos Vinicios said: “We are laying claim to the right of the worker to have medical coverage that covers the family and not just the worker. Workers in administrative roles have this extended family coverage but we do not. We think that this is unjust. So, we are asking for greater equality and the health plan that extends to family”.

Organizers say the strike would not affect the delivery date of the Park for the first half of next year.

Rio won the right to host the Olympics in 2009 and will become the first South American city to stage the multi-sport event.

Brazil also play host to this summer’s football World Cup.