WARSAW — Dockers in the port of Szczecin seeking wage boosts and the revival of the Solidarity labor union refused to report to work Wednesday in the wake of a three-day-old coal miners' strike with the same demands in southwestern Poland.
The strike by about 1,000 dockworkers almost paralyzed loading and unloading operations at the Baltic port, an official said.
"About 80% of the crew--about 1,000 people--have been on strike since early morning," the port official said.
Solidarity sources said riot police maintained a tight grip on the Manifest Lipcowy coal mine near the southwestern city of Jastrzebie and confiscated food and beverages being smuggled to the workers who went on strike Monday.
Seven members of the 32-person strike committee representing 4,000 workers began talks with the mine management, but details were not immediately available.
A government official in Warsaw said the striking miners doubled their wage demands overnight and requested a 100% increase in daily pay from 3,500 zloties, or $8.10.