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Poland's health care marches for job security

Nurses carry a stretcher with a poster reading "Agony" during a health care workers protest in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Thousands of nurses and health care employees marched through the city to demand higher pay, more funds for the chronically strapped sector and to protest plans to turn health care into a profit-driven sector. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of health care workers are marching in Warsaw to demand higher pay and protest government plans to privatize parts of the health care system.

Nurses and ambulance teams from across the country are walking with banners of Solidarity and other trade unions.

They are demanding higher pay, and opposing government plans to privatize the state-owned sector.

Nurses from Belgium, France, Greece and other European Union nations also joined the Friday rally.

Such protests are frequent in Poland where the health care system remains cash strapped and poorly organized.