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Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregul...

Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 2014 as part of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 2014 as part of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral damages in the amount of 5 million reais (about $2 million dollars). The decision is the result of a plea agreement entered before the 12th Labor Court of Manaus, in the civil action records (ACP) filed by the Ministry of Labor in the state of Amazonas (MPT 11th Region). In April 2013, the ministerial body proposed the civil action because of several labor irregularities (including the deaths of 3 workers) that were identified at the work site.

The Amazonia Arena in Manaus, Brazil.

It was also agreed that the company will take on all 64 obligations as required by the Labor Court of Manaus, which will be valid for all construction sites within the states of Amazonas and Roraima (11th Region). Among the determinations made by the court are additional security measures in order to prevent accidents such as falls by workers, maiming, crushing of body parts, explosions and deaths. In the case that the company does not observe the prescribed obligations, it will be charged a fine of R 10,000 (about $4,100) for every security measure that it has neglected.

A view of the city of Manaus, Brazil.

The amount of R$ 5 million as collective moral damage will be reversed in the form of permanent assets and/or utilities, for public or private social/welfare funded facilities which will be indicated by the MPT within 60 days. After appearing in court, Andrade Gutierrez must deliver the required payment and security measures within 30 days.

Do you think the World Cup will have a negative legacy in Brazil? Has your city hosted a similar event? If so, how was it perceived afterwards?

Original article, originally published in Portuguese, here.

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Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nora grew up surrounded by the varied architectural styles and geographies of the Southwest U.S. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Geography, Nora moved to Wash...

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