In Poland, Poland, plairiclothes police searched the Warsaw headquarters of the independent trade union, Solidarity, on Wednesday (19 November) and seized a classified government document on policy towards dissidents.
GV PAN FROM Warsaw street scene TO Solidarity sign. (3 SHOTS)
GV People waling through courtyard.
GV TILT DOWN FROM Building TO Solidarity sign on doorway.
CU INT Solidarity sticker on door TILT DOWN TO placard showing interview room and door opening.
CU Solidarity sticker PULL OUT TO official reading book as others hold discussion. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO CU Stacks of paper.
CU Solidarity sticker PULL OUT TO GV duplicating machine being installed. (3 SHOTS)
GV Crucifix TILT DOWN TO workers reading noticeboards. (3 SHOTS)
CU & SV Stickers and people buying them. (4 SHOTS)
SV people milling round ZOOM INTO Solidarity badge and crucifix on man's coat.
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Background: In Poland, Poland, plairiclothes police searched the Warsaw headquarters of the independent trade union, Solidarity, on Wednesday (19 November) and seized a classified government document on policy towards dissidents. Police declined to comment on the reason for their presence in the offices.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first reported search of any of Solidarity's offices since the trade union gained full legal status nearly to weeks ago (10 November). The office is housed in a small second-floor flat in the centre of Warsaw. The new union has already attracted seven million members within two months. But although it has received wide support and has now gained a legitimate foothold in Poland, it has recently received several warnings from politicians and official publications.
On Friday (21 November) Prime Minister Jozef Pinkowski warned Solidarity to stick to its role as a labour union and not to get involved in politics. While the Polish Communist party paper Trybuna Ludu commented that there were certain groups within Solidarity anxious to transform the union into an instrument of struggle against socialist rule in Poland.
Meanwhile in the union headquarters, members are busy installing equipment, producing leaflets and the union's newspaper on makeshift wooden presses.
Up to two thousand people visit the offices every day, seeking information and coming to complain about wages, working conditions, managers, nepotism and corruption. The immediate demands for better wages and living conditions are one reason why so many local disputes are still going on throughout the country. But Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has called for restraint and appealed to workers to try to settle disagreements by negotiation rather than immediately resorting to strikes.
But how much can be done to improve conditions remains uncertain. The state of the economy is critical and economists see food rationing as a strong possibility. A poor harvest and livestock shortage are the main cause of the problem, but unrealistic pricing policies have also discouraged farmers from increasing production.