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Originally published Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 2:38 AM

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Protest action in Poland against government

Thousands of workers have held work stoppages in Poland's southern industrial region to demand more job security, higher pensions and government protection for coal mines.

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WARSAW, Poland —

Thousands of workers have held work stoppages in Poland's southern industrial region to demand more job security, higher pensions and government protection for coal mines.

The four-hour protests in the Silesia region Tuesday were led by the Solidarity trade union. The protesters called for the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk to improve the labor code and health care system.

Economy Minister Janusz Piechocinski says the government has been in talks with the unions, which had pressed "unacceptable" demands that would burden the already tight state budget.

Silesia was Poland's most prosperous region under communism, but it has suffered under the market economy since 1990 as many mines and steel mills have been closed down.

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