Uniformed services demonstrate for higher pay

Piotr Nowak/PAP

Uniformed service trade unions demonstrated on Wednesday outside the Prime Minister's Office in Warsaw demanding wage indexations.

The protesters are demanding minimum wage indexations up to the inflation level and a change in government plans to move the indexations from January to March.

Union Federation Council head Czeslaw Tula told PAP before the demo that unionists will also forward their demands to the prime minister in a special letter.

Commenting on the protest to PAP, Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik said he believed both sides will reach an understanding.

"We have always cooperated openly, there was always dialogue, even if we were in a dispute," Wasik said. He added that he was "convinced this will be the case this time."

He admitted, however, that he saw no possibility of raising the current level of wage indexations.

Attending the demonstration, organised by the Council of the Uniformed Service Trade Union Federation, were also trade unions from the Policemen's Solidarity Union, the Border Guard Solidarity Union, the Prison Officers' and Employees' Solidarity Union, the Firefighters' Solidarity Union and several other unions representing uniformed services.