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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Poles remember Bastille Day by storming the French Embassy

The Warsaw Business Journal:

On the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, around 500 people employed by companies such as Telekomunikacja Polska, Orbis, Elektrownia Rybnik and Wyborowa SA, which were taken over by French investors, organized a protest in front of the French Embassy in Warsaw. The employees accuse the investors of neglecting the development of the companies they control, massive layoffs of workers and a systematic lowering of salaries. The protesters, which held banners saying, for example: "France Telecom - one more Bastille to storm," decided to ask the French government for mediation, claiming that they want a "fair dialogue with the employers." Although there was a French national-holiday reception taking place at the embassy at the time of the reception, the ambassador met with the delegation of trade unionists and promised to act.


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