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Rio subway workers call off World Cup strike threat

Subway workers in Rio de Janeiro called off a strike threat but their peers in Sao Paulo will decide on Wednesday whether to walk out during the World Cup's opening game.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Subway workers in Rio de Janeiro called off a strike threat but their peers in Sao Paulo will decide on Wednesday whether to walk out during the World Cup's opening game.

Rio metro staff agreed on late Tuesday on an eight per cent wage increase in the latest labour dispute to hit Brazil before the football tournament kicks off on Thursday.

In Sao Paulo, subway workers on Monday decided to suspend a five-day strike that threatened to cause traffic chaos during the Brazil-Croatia opening game around the city's new Corinthians Arena.

They will meet again on Wednesday to vote on whether to resume the work-stoppage. After failing to get a pay hike, they are now demanding that their employers re-hire 42 workers who were fired for causing trouble during the strike.

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