` Bus Drivers and Consular Staff in Brazil Strike Ahead of World Cup Demanding Higher Salaries ‘

#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.

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