Subway, trains shut down in Sao Paulo one week before World Cup

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Sao Paulo subway workers announced an open-ended strike amid fresh protests, hitting World Cup preparations as Brazil defended itself against criticism over chronic delays and soaring costs.

The Sao Paulo metro is the main transport link to the economic capital's World Cup host stadium, which will host the opening ceremony and kick-off match on June 12, and the strike could pose a massive logistical headache for organizers.

Workers decided to strike from midnight Thursday after negotiations on a salary increase fell through. They rejected an offer of 8.7 percent, insisting on at least 10 percent, said the president of their union, Altino Melo dos Prazeres.
AFP

Commuters break an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters break an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
Commuters break an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Police officers evacuate commuters from the railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Police officers evacuate commuters from the railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
Police officers evacuate commuters from the railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A police officer looks at commuters behind an entrance gate broken by the commuters at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A police officer looks at commuters behind an entrance gate broken by the commuters at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
A police officer looks at commuters behind an entrance gate broken by the commuters at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A commuter jumps and kicks an entrance gate in attempt to break it, at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A commuter jumps and kicks an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
A commuter jumps and kicks an entrance gate in attempt to break it, at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters jump over the entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters jump over the entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
Commuters jump over the entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters break open an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT POLITICS)
Commuters break open an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
Commuters break open an entrance gate at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT POLITICS)
Commuters walk on railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters walk on railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo
Commuters walk on railroads tracks at Itaquera subway station in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The commuters broke the gate, which was closed due to the strike, to get access to the train to go to work. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A view of rail tracks at a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT
A view of rail tracks at a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike in Sao Paulo
A view of rail tracks at a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT
Commuters take pictures with their mobile phones of a notice outside a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
Commuters take pictures of a notice outside a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike in Sao Paulo
Commuters take pictures with their mobile phones of a notice outside a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice, top R, reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice, top R, reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo
A man waits for the metro during what is usually rush hour in Republica station during a strike in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice, top R, reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo
A commuter sits in front of a closed metro Barra Funda station during a strike by metro subway workers in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. Union workers of Sao Paulo's Metro subway system are on strike since midnight, with just a week to go before the 2014 World Cup opens in Brazil, local media reported. The notice, top R, reads "Workers of metro in strike". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT

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