A leader of Poland's government-backed labour movement has criticised the independent union 'Solidarity' for not attending the Hungarian Trade Union Congress.
GV INTERIOR Delegates attending conference in Budapest hall (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Trade Union sign to Trade Union General Secretary Sandor Gaspar speaking to delegates
CU Communist Party First Secretary Janos Kadar listening (2 shots)
SV Mr. Gaspar speaking as delegates listen (4 shots)
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Background: A leader of Poland's government-backed labour movement has criticised the independent union 'Solidarity' for not attending the Hungarian Trade Union Congress. Speaking in Budapest yesterday (December 12), Albin Szyszka said he didn't understand why representatives from Solidarity had stayed away.
SYNOPSIS: The congress is the first major East European union gathering since this autumn's wave of unrest in Poland. Opening the meeting, Hungary's Trade Union General Secretary, Sandor Gaspar, said events in Poland were unfortunate and they were being closely followed. Mr. Gaspar's comments were heard by Hungary's Communist Party leader, Janos Kadar. Mr. Gaspar promised support for Poland in overcoming its labour problems. However, he implicitly rejected the Polish concept of independent unions with the right to strike. Union leaders from other Warsaw Pact countries, including the Soviet Union, are attending the three-day congress. However, other delegates made no mention of Poland during their speeches to the congress.