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Strike continues at Rio 2016 Olympic venues

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STEPHEN WADE | April 8, 2014 01:24 PM EST | AP


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 2,000 workers stayed away from venue construction sites for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday as a strike that began last week continued without an end in sight.

A spokesperson for Rio Mais, the consortium building venues at the Olympic Park, confirmed the work stoppage. It began Thursday in a dispute over which union represents the construction workers, and also involves benefits and working conditions.

The Rio Olympics have been plagued by a late start and delays, and the games top the agenda of a meeting this week in the southern Turkish resort of Belek.

Tuesday, the head of Olympic summer sports federations called for "urgent action" to tackle delays.

Francisco Ricci Bitti called the situation "very serious" and said "we are scared."