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    The Polish Government has offered Solidarity leader Lech Walesa two thirty minute television appearances.

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    SV ZOOM TO SCU Walesa seated and speaking in Polish

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    Background: The Polish Government has offered Solidarity leader Lech Walesa two thirty minute television appearances. The offer was made in Warsaw in a bid to head off threatened strikes in the state-controlled media. Solidarity officials said the offer was provisional and depended upon the outcome of talks which centre on union demands for extensive television coverage of its first national congress that began on August 31st. Meanwhile, Lech Walesa has been reflecting on the first year's anniversary of the formation of the union.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Walesa said that he was glad the first year had passed and that Solidarity had survived. He said he saw his job as holding the union together and trying to keep it alive. He thought Solidarity would survive another year having lasted one and would remake the country's image according to the people's ideas. The anniversary of the Union's formation actually took place on Monday (31 August). A sharp increase in bread prices coincided with the signing of the Gdansk and Szczecin agreements that ended the strikes in the shipyards there. Twelve months later the Polish Communist Party and Solidarity appear to be increasingly locked in a struggle for political power. Bread prices are expected to go up three-fold but workers are to be compensated by receiving monthly payments of around 5.25 U.S. dollars. Meanwhile, the latest dispute over media coverage brought Solidarity and the government together for talks for the first time in three weeks.

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