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Olympics: IOC taking 'firm action' on unpaid Sochi workers' wages

Published on Feb 19, 2014 5:55 PM
 
A worker clears the snow from the Olympic rings before the start of the men's biathlon 15km mass start event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor on Feb 18, 2014. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it is taking "firm" action with the Russian authorities to ensure all the workers who built the Sochi 2014 facilities are paid in full. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it is taking "firm" action with the Russian authorities to ensure all the workers who built the Sochi 2014 facilities are paid in full.

The failure of the companies contracted to build the sports and hotel facilities to pay thousands of workers millions of dollars in salaries on time has cast a shadow over Russia's hosting of the Games.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams insisted the Olympics body had already pressured the Russian authorities on the issue.

He said 500 companies had already been investigated and it turned out that US$8 million (S$10.1 million) of wages had not been paid to workers.

 
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