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World Cup host city Rio dealing with airport strike as event begins

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Airport workers in Rio de Janeiro voted to strike for 24 hours on the eve of the first match of the 2014 World Cup. (Source: APTN/FOX) Airport workers in Rio de Janeiro voted to strike for 24 hours on the eve of the first match of the 2014 World Cup. (Source: APTN/FOX)

RIO DE JANEIRO (APTN/FOX) - Workers at Rio's two airports declared a 24-hour strike on the eve of the first World Cup soccer match.

The work stoppage affected the city's Galeao International and Santos Dumont airports.

Unions representing check-in counter clerks, baggage handlers and janitorial staff voted to strike starting at midnight on Wednesday.

They had been demanding raises of at least 5.6 percent for several months.

A union rep said only 20 percent of the workers would stay off the job for 24 hours, abiding by a labor court order that threatened to fine unions more than $22,000 (U.S.) if staffing falls below 80 percent.

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