Polish trade unionists march in protest

Polish trade union members burn a tire during a protest against the government’s policies in Warsaw on September 11, 2013.

Tens of thousands of Polish trade unionists have marched through the capital Warsaw to protest against the government™s labor and pension policies.

The protest reflects widespread public gloom over this year’s sharp economic slowdown in Poland, which has been dragged down by the eurozone crisis.

The protesters called for the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whose term will expire in 2015.

Marek Lewandowski, spokesman for the Polish trade union federation Solidarity, said: “We want the departure of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. This is the only way to change social policy in Poland.”

The demonstrators also voiced anger over low job security in the European Union member state and accused Tusk of ignoring their demands and refusing to engage in dialogue.

“We want pensions at the age of 65 as before and not at the age of 67 as Tusk’s reform would have it. We want better social policy and guarantees for employees,” Lewandowski said.

The protesters on Wednesday gathered in front of the main ministries before marching towards parliament to camp.

Europe was hit by a financial crisis in early 2008. The worsening debt crisis has forced the EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in their countries.

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