Workers in the Polish shipbuilding industry have been warned that their earnings are bound to be reduced because of production losses caused by stoppages.
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Background: Workers in the Polish shipbuilding industry have been warned that their earnings are bound to be reduced because of production losses caused by stoppages.
Shipyards in the Baltic ports of Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin were swept last month by serious riots over food price increases. At least 44 people were reported to have been killed in the disturbances.
Mr. Stanislaw Skrobot, general director of the shipbuilding industry association, has been quoted in press reports in Gdansk as saying the production plan for the first 20 days of January was only half completed and this was bound to have an adverse effect on workers' earnings.
The Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Piotr Jaroszewicz, on Saturday ordered industrial mangers to strengthen discipline and oppose unrealistic demands by workers.
In Gdansk the Communist Party organisation for the port has dismissed its secretary for propaganda, Mr. Jerzy Hajer. This was the first reported change in the upper ranks of the Gdansk party organisation since last month's riots over increased food prices. In Szczecin, another trouble spot, the party chief and a member of the secretariat have been replaced.