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Rio mayor says workers must make up lost time

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm •  Published: April 11, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city's mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.

The consortium Rio Mais, which is building venues at the Olympic Park, confirmed the continuing work stoppage. The strike began April 3 and is one of many delays plaguing South America's first Olympics.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes says it's the responsibility of Rio Mais to resolve the strike.

"The consortium is hired and paid for this. It has a deadline to deliver," Paes said. "Therefore, this is a relationship between them and their employees. It's a discussion between them. I'm not going to get into this. Afterward they will have to recover this week, these lost days."

Workers are defying the order of a regional labor court, which ruled Wednesday they should return. The court said a settlement should be negotiated in the next 30 days. The dispute involves wages and working conditions.

"Any strike is worrying," Paes added. "Whenever you are doing a job and delivering work, you don't want a strike."

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