Brazil's Busiest Ports Cease Work During Football
When Brazil play in the World Cup, the whole country stops, even the main shipping ports.
Despite a few shaky moments, Brazil went safely through to the knockout stages of the World Cup last night. This will please dock workers in Paranagua, Brazil's second biggest soy exporting port, as their union have negotiated authorisation for them to stop working an hour either side of each of Brazil’s matches.
These changes to the system are extraordinary because these ports are usually fully operational even throughout New Year's and Christmas holidays. Like most event’s in this year’s tournament, the dock workers’ union ordinance does not come without controversy. Some believe the match watching allowance is a cynical gesture by the authorities, given the several dock worker strikes over the last year.
Brazil comfortably beat Cameroon last night, meaning Brazil could continue to progress in the competition possibly until the final on July 13th, and also meaning new ordinances will have to be drawn up to keep the workers happy.
As you can see from the video below, Brazil stops when their team is on.
Article by Jack Bartrop