INTRODUCTION: Tension is continuing in Poland in the wake of police action against activist belonging to the independent trade union Solidarity.
(MUTE) GV City hall in Gdansk.
SV Lech Walesa and other union officials meeting.
(SOUND) SV Factory gate at Zyradow with strike notice. (2 SHOTS)
GV Factory gate and strikers on street. (2 SHOTS)
GV Solidarity headquarters in Zyradow. (2 SHOTS)
GV Posters on factory gates. (2 SHOTS)
GV Altar in factory courtyard.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Tension is continuing in Poland in the wake of police action against activist belonging to the independent trade union Solidarity. Members of Solidarity's National Commission have been meeting to consider how to respond. Elsewhere in the country, strikes are continuing.
SYNOPSIS: Gdansk, where Solidarity started. This week (22, 23 October), the union was meeting to discuss what it saw as a new threat to its freedom. The authorities had intervened twice against Solidarity. In Katowice, they tried to stop activists from distributing Solidarity pamphlets. Afterwards, a riot broke out, and in Wroclaw, police banned public gatherings. At the Gdansk meeting, Solidarity's National Commission decided to postpone a decision by Reuters said a strike was still the most likely form of protest.
Elsewhere, actual strikes were in progress. This was at the town of Zyradow, southwest of Warsaw. Almost 12,000 people, mainly women, have been on strike for more than 11 days in protest over the lack of foodstuffs in the town. On Thursday (22 October), Solidarity reported that many workers in factories around the town had joined the strike, which has halted textile production.
Nor were strikes confined to Zyradow. Protest strikes broke out in Wroclaw on Thursday. Industrial trouble was reported in Grosno province, and strikes were threatened in Lodz. In the biggest strike, in the western province of Zielona Gora, 180,000 men walked out demanding re-instatement of a sacked unionist. All this came only days after new party leader Wojciech Jaruzelski appealed to Solidarity to ban strikes.