S Africa strike to affect world cup 2010 stadium construction

JOHANNESBURG: The soccer World Cup 2010 Stadium Construction would be halted if a payment dispute between construction workers and their employers are not resolved properly.

South Africa''s biggest union `The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)` on Tuesday confirmed its members in the construction sector would launch a strike over pay next week.

’A strike action is set to begin on July 8,’ said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.A prolonged strike could cause partial shut down of an economy and could scare foreign investors. The N.U.M said the strike action, which already halted the construction of a 2010 World Cup stadium in Durban, would spread to other 2010 projects if their demands for more bonuses and safer working environment are not met by Monday. The union said it had served the construction sector’s employer body with a notice to go on strike after prolonged wage talks brokered by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration collapsed on Friday.