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Construction workers are willing to put down their tools in March if a dispute over minimum wage benefits is not resolved to their satisfaction inside the next fortnight

Brazil’s trade unions have threatened to go on strike next month, casting further doubt over the country’s hopes of having all of the stadiums ready in time for the start of the 2014 World Cup.

The Union Force, the Central Workers, the International Trade Union Confederation (CSI) and the National Federation of Industrial Heavy Construction have declared that they are willing to tell their members to down their tools in March if a dispute over minimum wage benefits is not resolved to their satisfaction inside the next fortnight.

"There is the possibility of a strike if our demands are not met,” Joao Carlos Goncalves, the secretary general of Union Force (Forca Sindical) told Globoesporte. “The plan is to initiate a process of negotiation with the government.”

Goncalves claimed that it is imperative that their concerns are addressed now to avoid the possibility of industrial action closer to the commencement of the tournament.

“In South Africa, just before the World Cup, they had trouble with the workers,” he explained.

“We do not want that kind of thing to happen and harm the progress of the World Cup in Brazil.”

There have already been reports that construction work on a number of the chosen stadiums is already behind schedule.

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