Poland's police, firefighters, others demand higher wages

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Posted: Jul 23, 2015 9:28 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of Poland's police, firefighters and other uniformed workers have picketed the main government building to demand higher pay and modernization of their sectors.

The protesters gathered in front of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz's office, waving trade union flags and blowing trumpets. Their demands include wage raises, regular validation of their pay and upgrade of their equipment and procedures. Border guards, customs officers and prison guards also participated.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees most of these groups, says pay rises are planned for January.

Social issues are the main topics of the public debate ahead of the Oct. 25 general elections. Bitterness within many social sectors is believed to be behind the victory of opposition presidential candidate Andrzej Duda, who takes office Aug.6.