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World Cup opener may be hit by transport strike

There could be transport chaos in Sao Paulo ahead of the inaugural World Cup 2014 match on Thursday (Friday morning, Singapore time).

The metro workers union has suspended its ongoing strike for two days but warned that it would resume on Thursday if its demands are not met, reported the BBC.

The five-day strike – which disrupted half of the metro stations and worsened traffic in South America's most populous city – was the latest headache for organisers as national teams from the United States, Spain and Argentina flew in for the tournament, reported The Guardian.

Arena Corinthians, the venue of the first match between Brazil and Croatia, is on the city's outskirts and a metro strike could cause major disruption, said the BBC.

The stoppage began on June 5 as part of a wage dispute in which the state metro company offered workers an 8.8 per cent rise.

The workers are insisting on a 12.2 per cent hike.

Source: BBC, The Guardian 

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