( dpa ) - South African media reported Thursday that workers building a 2010 World Cup stadium in Nelspruit have gone on strike demanding better pay.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that workers at the Mbombela World Cup stadium had stopped work on Wednesday morning, bringing all construction at the stadium to a halt.
NUM official George Ledwaba said that the workers were demanding to be paid engineering rates, not builders rates.
"It is an old issue, the issue about the management paying workers under the building industry and therefore the wages are calculated in terms of the bargaining council [for that sector]," he said.
Ledwaba said that the stadiums should fall under the civil engineering sector and workers should be paid accordingly.
He said that there was no danger of the stadium not being finished on time as building was ahead of schedule at the moment.
Several of the stadiums being constructed in the country for the 2010 World Cup have seen strike action by workers who are demanding better pay.