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Polish shipyard workers strike for higher pay

Sixteen thousand workers at Lenin Shipyard in the major Baltic seaport of Gdansk went on strike Thursday calling for higher pay, reinstatement of fired workers, free labor unions, and publication of their demands in the Polish mass media. The strike in the city where stoppages in 1970 led to the previous regime's downfall poses the most serious challenge to the authorities since labor unrest broke out in Poland six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, in the capital, transportation remained partly paralyzed by a series of walkouts. Drivers of state-run taxis walked out Wednesday, demanding higher fares of 30 cents a mile above the current 12 cents and a retirement age of 60 instead of 65.

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