2014 Brazil World Cup opening game ticket: £264
Final game ticket: £550
Monthly minimum wage in Brazil: *£195*
A ticket for the final of the 2014 Brazil World Cup will cost three times the monthly minimum salary of the average Brazilian.
This is the face-value cost, too. They’ll be exchanging hands for ten times that when England get to the final against the Socceroos.
Teachers in Minas Gerais are still on strike, incidentally, asking for a 15 per cent increase in salary after three years of no salary increased and inflation running at 8 per cent per year.
They join sanitation workers on strike. The timing of the strike is well-chosen. There is no other job that more visually impacts a city than when sanitation workers go on strike.
With tourists set to arrive in two weeks the mayor of Belo Horizonte wants it all wrapped up, but he still won’t agree to the salary hikes.
And people ask why Brazilians are angry about spending all that money on stadiums… It’s great for tourism and the “image” of Brazil, but where does it leave ordinary people?