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Polish leaders and miners reach deal after days of protests

January 17, 2015

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government and miners say they have reached a compromise after days of protests by miners angered over government plans to close some mines.

Labor unions hailed the deal reached Saturday after days of negotiations as a victory. One leader, Boguslaw Zietek, said that under the deal “nobody will lose their job and no mine will be closed.”

Protests broke out last week when the government said it wanted to close mines that generate losses and lay off or transfer 12,000 employees to save the state-owned Coal Company. Hundreds of protesters, some of them underground, rejected offers of severance pay or paid leave. They demanded a restructuring of the coal mining sector, which supplies a large share of Poland’s energy and heat.

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