US lawmaker Greg Casar ends thirst strike after nine hours

A US congressman ended a food and water strike protest over a Texas law overriding protection for people working outdoors in intense heat after nine hours.

Texas Democrat Greg Casar’s “thirst strike” hoped to highlight the need for rules around outdoor working.

Temperatures have been soaring across much of the southern and western US.

The new Texas law effectively bans local rules, such as a 10-minute break for every four hours worked outside.

More than 400 workers have died in heatwaves since 2011, according to Bureau of Labour statistics.

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