INTRODUCTION: The Polish government has passed a Bill in Warsaw which paves the way for legalization of Rural Solidarity, the Polish independent trade union of private farmers.
GV EXTERIOR Wawel Cathedral.
GV TILT DOWN outside.
GV Cardinal Franciszek Macharski arrives.
GV INTERIOR Cathedral. Cardinal and procession enter.
GV People listening to Cardinal Macharski speaking. (3 SHOTS)
GV Cardinal Macharski speaking.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Polish government has passed a Bill in Warsaw which paves the way for legalization of Rural Solidarity, the Polish independent trade union of private farmers. Meanwhile, on Saturday (9 May), its sister union, Solidarity, received the blessing of the Church.
SYNOPSIS: The occasion was the consecration of Solidarity's banner by Cardinal Franciszek Macharski at Wawel Cathedral. A large crowd turned up to witness the consecration, which took place against a background of a worsening economic situation in Poland.
Cardinal Macharski got a warm reception Macharski got a warm reception when he arrived at the cathedral. Representing Solidarity were Mieczyslaw Gil, President of the local chapter of the union, and Bogdan Lis, a member of the Solidarity co-ordination commission.
The consecration could be seen by many Poles as the final seal of approval for Solidarity, which, in less than twelve months, has achieved a degree of security and democracy for its members that had earlier seemed impossible. In spite of government opposition and warnings from Moscow, Polish workers now enjoys a five-day week, the right to vote and significant pay rises.