Thursday, July 13, 2006

Polish police demand higher wages
WARSAW, Poland, July 12 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 Polish police and firefighters marched through downtown Warsaw Wednesday, protesting low wages and poor work conditions.

Antony Duda, chief of the police union, said the protest was aimed at publicizing that Polish police have the lowest wages in the European Union, the Polish PAP news agency said.

Duda said work conditions were so bad that 40 percent of police stations should be closed.

Union leaders of the police, firefighters, border guards and state bodyguards are demanding authorities work out a law on modernization of the services by 2009, Belgrade's Beta news agency reported.

The organizers of the march said they expect about 3,500 protesters from around the country will gather in Warsaw. The protesters plan to deliver their written demands to Polish leaders, PAP said.