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Poland: Prime Minister Proposes Saving 2,000 Jobs

Warsaw, 20 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Poland's Prime Minister today proposed saving some 2,000 jobs at the bankrupt Gdansk shipyard by using its assets to expand work at another Polish shipbuilding facility.

Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz said his plan to upgrade the Szczecin shipyard would "allow employment of about 2,000" workers as the Gdansk site lays off 3,800.

Cimoszewicz made the proposal in a Parliamentary speech. He also accused Solidarity workers from the Gdansk shipyard of trying to plunge Poland into anarchy with recent protests to save their jobs.

Solidarity leaders are meeting in Warsaw today to decide possible further protests.

Some 1,000 Solidarity supporters demonstrated today before the Parliament building in Warsaw. Earlier today, more than 1,000 workers demonstrated in Gdansk. Riot police yesterday forcibly evicted "Solidarity" members who occupied three Government ministeries in Warsaw.

Demonstrators blame the government for not rescuing the Gdansk shipyard from bankruptcy.