Tens of thousands join march for jobs in Poland
WARSAW (REUTERS) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Polish capital on Saturday in one of the largest demonstrations in years to demand more jobs and higher pay, blaming Prime Minister Donald Tusk's government for failing to tackle unemployment.
The city council said about 100,000 people turned out for the march organised by trade unions, waving flags and blowing trumpets as they walked peacefully through central Warsaw.
The Polish economy has seen two decades of uninterrupted growth but narrowly avoided recession at the start of the year.
It has since shown signs of picking up but the recovery has been too weak to significantly bring down unemployment, especially among youths. The jobless rate stands at 13.1 per cent, after hitting a six-year high of 14.4 per cent in February.