BRASILIA, Brazil — Some 7,000 workers at a contested dam in Brazil’s Amazon region went on strike Monday demanding better working conditions, the consortium in charge of the project said.
The Belo Monte consortium said many workers joined the strike because labor unions erected barricades on the road leading to the site, located near the town of Altamira on the Xingu River in the northern Brazilian state of Para.
The workers are demanding that they get a free air fare and a nine-day break to visit their families every three months instead of the current six months. They also want a higher food allowance.
Work on the $11 billion project that has irked indigenous groups, environmentalists and local residents got under way last June.