#AceWorldNews – RIO DE JANEIRO – May 22 – Bus drivers and consular staff in Brazil have gone on strike less than a month ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in the South American country.
Bus drivers, demanding higher salaries, began a 48-hour strike in Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday. The industrial action has reportedly left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
The unions representing the Brazilian bus drivers say they want a 40-percent pay raise and better working conditions. Last week, they had staged a 24-hour strike and warned that they would walk off their jobs again if authorities did not give a satisfactory response to their demands.
Meanwhile, employees at Brazil’s diplomatic missions in North America and Europe started a two-day strike on Tuesday, demanding an increase in their pay.