Rio mayor says Olympic work on time despite worker layoffs

April 2, 2015 9:17 PM

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Rio de Janeiro's mayor has dismissed reports that layoffs of construction workers at one of the main 2016 Olympic sites could result in potentially damaging delays.

At a hastily called news conference at Deodoro, where 11 Olympic sports will be staged, Eduardo Paes said on Thursday the layoffs by construction company Queiroz Galvao were part of an ill-advised strategy to strong-arm the city council into making quicker payments for the $205 million project.

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