Brazil bus drivers go on strike

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 1:04 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Bus drivers in Rio de Janeiro are on strike, creating hours-long lines at bus stops and leaving many workers unable to get to their jobs.

The Brazilian strikers are demanding a 20 percent wage increase, as well as other benefits.

They walked off the job early Friday, drastically reducing the numbers operating buses. Brazilian media report that some passengers spent hours waiting for the bus, especially in the city's poorer northern neighborhoods.

Strikers were due to vote later on whether to continue the work-stoppage.

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