Today’s news round-up in Poland

Today’s news round-up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The Polish soft-fruit sector is facing a serious shortage of pickers, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported, and is looking to recruit workers from countries such as Morocco and Nepal. The paper added that salaries starting from PLN 15 (EUR 3.3) plus accommodation had failed to attract Polish workers to harvest fruit such as strawberries, hence the need to look abroad, but fruit farmers complain that red-tape frustrates their efforts to recruit foreigners. The war in Ukraine is given as one of the main reasons for the lack of workers this year. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza interviewed Anna Mierzynska, a social media analyst, about how social media reacted to the opposition march on June 4. She said that opposition messages, which were generally positive, trended far more than those released by Law and Justice, the governing party, such as "march of hatred", which were "drowned" on the internet. – One factory producing illegal cigarettes cost the Polish treasury an estimated PLN 145 million (EUR 32 mln), according to a story published by the state-owned broadcaster TVP Info. The factory in southern Poland, which was raided by police a few days ago, had complete production lines and 2.5 tonnes of tobacco. It had produced an estimated 120 million cigarettes in its few months of operation. Investigators also found USD 1 million in cash in the autos of the two people who allegedly ran the factory. – Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, is "very well acquainted" with the Russia commission law, Malgorzata Paprocka, secretary of state for the President's Office, told the news channel TVN24 in an interview. She had been asked why the president had signed the law establishing the commission on Monday, but also referred it to the Constitutional Tribunal and tabled an amendment all in the same week. She said that president had the right to make recommendations and that she hoped parliament would consider Duda's amendment.