Polish trade unions have begun a series of planned protests against government employment policies.
Several pickets were held in front of various government buildings in Warsaw on Wednesday, including the Treasury, and the labour and interior ministries. Petitions were due to be handed in with lists of demands.
The unions want to reverse a raise in the retirement age and more job security: amid an economic slowdown and an unemployment rate of 13 percent many employers offer only short-term contracts with no social security.
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk accuses the unions of wanting to bring down his government.