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Silesian workers in ‘general strike’ against government policy

Workers at steel mills, mines and electricity plants downed tools till 10 am, with the transport sector paralysed for two hours from 8 am.

The strike is most intensive in the city of Katowice and surrounding area in south west Poland.

Around 20 hospitals have been hit by a work-to-rule or ‘Italian strike” as it is known in Poland, lengthening the time it takes to register new patients.

The ‘general strike’ is being organised by the Solidarity, August 80 and OPZZ trade unions against proposed changes to the labour code which would extend the use of ‘junk’ employment contracts and which limit employment rights and reduce overtime payments, say the unionists, and against the government’s health policy and changes to the education system.

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