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100,000 Poles in anti-govt march, threaten strike

September 14, 2013 • Business


Main trade union leaders, Piotr Duda from Solidarity, second left, and Jan Guz, right, from the OPZZ show thumbs up at the start of the demonstration against the government’s labor and wage policies in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. The demonstration ends four days of trade union protests in the capital. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Threatening a general strike, throwing smoke grenades and blowing whistles, around 100,000 Polish union members marched through Warsaw on Saturday to vent their anger against the government’s labor and wage policies.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government is rapidly losing support after recently raising the retirement age, announcing a reform of the pension system and relaxing some labor code provisions that allow for longer daily and weekly working hours.

City authorities have blocked traffic in central Warsaw to allow the demonstrators to march to the historic Castle Square with flags and balloons in national white-and-red colors, and banners saying Login to read more

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