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    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Poland reminds us

    Little by little Poland faces capitalism's power to persuade. Now will the people find enough people who don't care? Probably.


    I am old enough to remember when no stores were open on Sunday here. Just one brand of gas station did the 24/7 thing.


    Imagine all the lost sales! Imagine all the lost convenience. In 50 years it is nearly impossible to imagine what we have done to ourselves.




    Leaders of Poland's Solidarity movement are threatening a nationwide strike on the feast of Corpus Christi, to protest policies that require employees to work on religious and national holidays.


    Solidarity is demanding that all retail stores be closed on Sundays and on the country’s 12 most important national and religious holidays, including New Year’s Day, Easter, Corpus Christi, All Saints’ Day, Independence Day, and Christmas. A proposal to the same effect was introduced in the Polish parliament this year, but has yet to be voted on.


    Bujara admitted that Solidarity leaders do not know how many workers will join in the June 7 work stoppage. Some workers, he said, have said that they are afraid to miss work because their employers have indicated that they might hire temporary workers to take their places.


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