INTRODUCTION: Poland's communist leaders have warned the independent trade union, Solidarity, to change course in the second part of its first congress next week, if it wants to avoid a showdown.
GVs People in streets (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK SV Men reading newspapers (2 shots)
SV PAN People reading party newspapers on hoardings
SV PAN People lining-up for food (3 shots)
SV Union leader denouncing Solidarity at factory in Kiev as workers listen (5 shots)
GV Hungarian leader denouncing Solidarity in Budapest as workers listen (4 shots)
SV Bruno Kreisky, Austrian chancellor speaking in Linz
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland's communist leaders have warned the independent trade union, Solidarity, to change course in the second part of its first congress next week, if it wants to avoid a showdown. The warning came amid a series of emergency meetings by government leaders and increasingly strong condemnations of solidarity from the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: In the harshest criticism it has yet faced, Solidarity is accused of harbouring unbridled political ambitions and aiming to take over the country. The government's warning to solidarity to change course along with soviet denunciations are front page news across Poland.
The government's statement even hinted at Soviet intervention if the union continues its assault on the communist establishment. The main areas in which it wants Solidarity to back down were passed overwhelmingly at the first part of the union's congress. They were the support of free trade unions in other communist countries and its condemnation of the ruling party in Poland. An emergency meeting of the Polish cabinet declared that further steps might be taken to blunt Solidarity's challenge saying the government was giving union members one more chance to dissociate from the political ambitions of their leaders. In the Soviet Union, the government is taking its campaign against Solidarity out to the people.
Meetings like this at a Kiev factory are taking place all over Russia. Soviet television is giving considerable air time to the meetings which invariably pass motions condemning the union.
Similar meetings are being held amongst the workers of other communist countries. The very people to whom Solidarity promised support to set up their own unions. This one is Budapest passed a motion critical of Solidarity worded almost exactly the same as those passed by Soviet workers.
In Austria, the chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, put even more pressure on Polish workers and government alike. he told a socialist party meeting there that Poland wasn't going to be able to fulfil its coal contracts this year. In the light of that, Austria may have to cut back on loans to Poland's already weakened economy.