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24-hour airport strike in Rio underway as World Cup kicks off

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24-hour airport strike in Rio underway as World Cup kicks off

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Just in time to coincide with the start of the World Cup, workers at three of Rio de Janeiro’s airports have called a 24 hour strike.

Check-in desk clerks, baggage handlers and maintenance staff are among those taking part in the stoppage.

A union representative said only 20% of workers would stay off the job, abiding by a labour court order that threatened to fine unions if less than 80% of staff turned up to carry out their duties.

They have been demanding salary increases of 5.6% and called the strike after nine months of negotiations.

The action is likely to affect those arriving for the first match to be played in the city between Argentina and Bosnia Hergovina on Sunday.

This latest transport shutdown comes in the wake of a crippling metro strike in Sao Paulo, which was declared illegal by the courts.