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Poland: historic agreement reached to phase out coal mines by 2049
Planet Labor, 28 September 2020, n°12148 -

On 25 September, the Polish government and trade unions reached an agreement to phase out coal mines by the year 2049. The agreement guarantees job preservation for mine workers and fosters the transition to clean energy. Poland is currently 80% dependent on coal for the production of its electricity. Coal mines are concentrated in the south of the country, employing more than 80,000 workers (compared with 400,000 in the early 1990s) and generating four times as many indirect jobs.

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