Workers Call Off Strike, World Cup Might Happen After All

Preparations for next year's World Cup are back on schedule though some agreement details need ironing out...

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From Al Jazeera:

"South African construction workers have agreed to end a weeklong strike that has disrupted work on stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the main union involved in the dispute, announced the end of the mass action on Wednesday, saying that details of a wage agreement would be unveiled later.

"We have an agreement,"  Thamsanqa Matosa, the union's deputy president, said.

"The strike will be called off immediately after the signing and the workers will be expected to report for work on Thursday."

Workers have been striking for a week, paralysing work on 2010 World Cup football stadiums and on the mass transit Gautrain high-speed rail project which serves the area around Johannesburg."

Read the rest of the article here.

The Buzz has long wondered whether or not South Africa would be able to get its act together for 2010 and still wonders what it will do to "spruce up" its image (and hide the realities of life in South Africa for a good deal of the population). China's Olympic showing may prove to be inspiration.

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