Flying into Rio for the World Cup? There might not be any airport workers around because of a strike.

Workers at three of Rio de Janeiro´s airports called a 24-hour strike beginning at midnight on Wednesday and continuing through the day the 2014 World Cup in Brazil opens. (Reuters)

First, the transit workers in Sao Paulo went on strike, which caused all sorts of issues as fans descended on Brazil for the World Cup. Now it’s the airport workers in Rio de Janeiro.

From the Associated Press:

Workers at Rio de Janeiro’s two airports have declared a 24-hour strike to begin at midnight Wednesday, on the eve of the opening match of the World Cup.

Rio’s Galeao international airport is expected to be one of the country’s busiest during the monthlong soccer tournament. The walkout also will affect Santos Dumon airport, which provides domestic service, including flights to Sao Paulo, where the first World Cup game will be held Thursday.

Unions representing workers at the two airports including check-in counter clerks and baggage handlers are seeking raises of at least 5.6 percent.

A labor court has issued an injunction ordering the unions to maintain staffing at 80 percent of normal levels or face fines of up to $22,400.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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