icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Customs strike halts traffic at Polish border

Hundreds of lorries are backed up along Poland's eastern border because of a strike by customs officials. The checkpoints are virtually unmanned after border guards went on holiday or went sick in a protest against low wages and bad working conditions.

Around a thousand vehicles have been stranded for days in lengthening jams at Russia's, Belarus's and Ukraine's borders with Poland.

Poland was one of nine EU states to join the bloc's free-border Schengen zone in December.

Customs procedures were tightened along its eastern borders with non-EU states.

Ministers in Warsaw are holding talks with the striking staff over their demands.

Podcasts