- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 8, 2009
- 2 Comments
- 2010 World Cup, World Cup Stadiums
I saw this article earlier on ESPNSoccernet. Apparently work has shut down at stadiums across South Africa today over wage negotiations. Workers are demanding a 13 percent pay increase while employers are offering 10.4 percent.
The strike means some of the World Cup venues for next summer’s World Cup could see trouble in finishing on time for the first Cup in Africa.
The strike could delay completion of flagship projects such as the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg and stadiums in Cape Town and Durban. Other stadiums in smaller towns have also been affected.
The venues need to be completed by December to meet deadlines set by the game’s ruling body FIFA before the tournament kicks off in June 2010.
Lesiba Seshoka of the National Union of Mineworkers, which represents construction workers, said 70,000 workers were involved in the strike, which would continue until employers met their demands.
He said the union was not worried about the completion of the stadiums — that was a concern of the tournament’s local organizing committee.
Now FIFA has said for months that they don’t want to move the World Cup from South Africa but one has to wonder if they fail to get the stadiums finished on time what they will do. I have a feeling FIFA will extend their deadline of December if this strike goes on longer than a few weeks here this summer.
It kind of sounds to me like we could see construction finish up (if the striker isn’t too long) right before the first kick.
Do you think there is a chance for the stadiums to not get finished on time due to this strike? If so what will FIFA do? Send the tournament to the US or another country that can host a tournament at the drop of a hat? Let’s hear it.