Brazil WCup workers threaten nationwide strike

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Workers building and renovating Brazil's stadiums for the 2014 World Cup are threatening to go on strike if employers don't abide to their demands for unified salaries and benefits.

There have been isolated strikes across the nation, but now the unions representing the workers in each of the 12 host cities are trying to come together to plead for better conditions for everyone.

Union leader Claudio da Silva Gomes says the workers are ready to stop working as early as next month if construction companies don't agree to give workers the same salaries and benefits regardless of their venue.

FIFA has said World Cup preparations are already behind schedule.