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article imageSão Paulo: Subway strike worsens traffic ahead of World Cup

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 6, 2014 in World
San Paulo - The residents of São Paulo, Brazil, are facing transportation chaos since early Thursday due to a strike by workers of the three major subway lines serving the metropolitan area of the city, one week ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup.
About 3 million people in this city of over 11 million residents were directly affected by the strike. Three major subway lines have been closed since yesterday. Two other subway lines in the system are partially operating. Passengers on their way to work could not get access to the subway stations and scrambled to attempt boarding into crowded buses, taxis, motorcycle taxis, and even "pirate" vans and cars taking advantage of the situation to offer unlicensed taxi services to disgruntled passengers.
The strike continued today Friday 6. Subway workers announced that the strike will be maintained indefinitely and refused to comply with a court order requiring full operation during peak hours.
Crowded downtown Sao Paulo. About 11 million people live in the city; about 20 million in the Greate...
Crowded downtown Sao Paulo. About 11 million people live in the city; about 20 million in the Greater Sao Paulo area.
São Paulo State Governor Geraldo Alckmin called the strike politically motivated and accused strike leaders of bringing "chaos and disorder to the city, without reason."
A solution to the serious problem that occurs in the city, days before the opening match of the FIFA World Cup, seems remote. Though workers lowered their demand for salary increase from 16.5 percent to 12.2 percent, Subway System executives said there was no financial possibility for an increase of more than 8.7 percent, plus some additional minor increase on account of benefits.
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