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Apr 17, 2014 1:52 PM by AP

Two-week strike ends at 2016 Rio Olympic venues

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Over 2,000 construction workers returned to their jobs at the Olympic Park on Thursday, ending a two-week strike that further slowed the trouble-plagued 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A spokeswoman for Rio Mais, the consortium building venues at the main Olympic cluster located 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of central Rio, said no more work stoppages were foreseen. Workers returned briefly on Wednesday, but were encouraged to leave after a few hours by union leaders.

About 2,300 workers have been off the job since April 3, lobbying for higher wages and more benefits. The strike added to delays in organizing South America's first Olympics, which came under withering criticism last week from the International Olympic Committee.

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