15 Apr 2014

Rio workers vote to remain on strike indefinitely

6:55 am on 15 April 2014

Workers at the main venue of the 2016 Olympic Games have voted to continue their strike indefinitely, just days before officials from the International Olympic Committee are due to visit Rio de Janeiro and encourage the city to speed up preparations.

Around 2,500 workers at the Olympic Park, a huge area that will host more than a dozen events, are seeking higher pay and more benefits.

The strike began on April the 3rd and is the latest in a series of problems affecting the preparations for the 2016 games, the first ever to be held in South America.

Brazil's preparations are way behind schedule, and work at some venues has not even started.

The IOC last week announced Rio needs more oversight and said it will send officials to the city on a more frequent basis.

The IOC's executive director Gilbert Felli is to return to the city later this week.

Brazil is also hosting the football World Cup in June and July, and preparations for that event are similarly problematic.

Three stadiums are yet to be finished with the opening match less than two months away.