WCup organizers referee stadium staff pay dispute

World Cup organizers are meeting with stadium stewards and a

security contractor to resolve a pay dispute that saw police use

tear gas and fire rubber bullets at workers after the

Germany-Australia match in Durban.

South Africa organizing committee spokesman Rich Mkhondo says

the talks are intended to ensure that disputes do not spread to

other host cities and stadiums.

Mkhondo said World Cup organizers had a contract with the

security company, Stallion, but that “we don’t get involved on

what an employer pays their employees.”

The dispute flared at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban early on

Monday, three hours after the match.

Disgruntled stewards had tried to stay in the stadium to protest

wage levels.