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Unionists protest pension reforms, coalition partners negotiate

Author: The Warsaw Voice Date: Tue, Mar 27 2012 1256 Views
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Several hundred Solidarity trade union members protested outside the prime minister’s office in Warsaw on Monday March 26 against government plans to reform the pension system that have caused widespread anger and strained the country’s ruling coalition.

Trade unionists said they would continue their protest all week against plans to raise the retirement age for both men and women to 67, adding that on Wednesday March 28 they would demonstrate outside the Polish parliament buildings.

Deputies are expected to vote on Friday March 30 on whether a national referendum should be held on the planned changes to the pension system, a ballot that has been demanded by the Solidarity union.

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