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 newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote that Poczta Polska, the Polish post office, has huge debts and is selling off land to help cover them. The company ended last year with a loss of PLN 6 million (EUR 1.3 mln), and experts predict that this year the loss will be even bigger. It also facing the threat of possible strike action owing to unmet demands for wage increases. Poczta Polska, the newspaper said, "absorbs money like a sponge". – The government will sponsor school trips, Przemyslaw Czarnek, the education minister, has announced, state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported. The "School Voucher-Explore Poland" programme will finance one-to-two day trips for each class and each school pupil in the country. The minister said that this means around 5 million children will be able "to visit the most important places in Poland". – State-owned companies are being mobilised to help the government in its referendum campaign, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Thursday. The referendum is being held on October 15, the same day as the general election. Foundations associated with large companies such as PZU and Pekao will be able to broadcast advertisements linked to the referendum. This has raised concerns in opposition circles. – Barbara Nowacka, an MP from Civic Coalition, the largest opposition grouping, said during an interview with broadcaster TVN24 that the election campaign has a long way to go and that polls showing strong support for the government can be overturned. She also complained about how state-owned companies appear to be supporting the government with advertising campaigns saying "Poland will be beautiful". 

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