INTRODUCTION: In Poland, tension is continuing.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Poland, tension is continuing. The government has indicated it might use troops to suppress street disturbances. While the independent trade union Solidarity has called for a protest strike, and threatened to take over some sectors of the economy. Strikes are continuing in widespread areas of the country, but Solidarity and the government have agreed on one thing: the need to ensure rapid distribution of food parcels from abroad.
SYNOPSIS: For many years, Poles residing abroad have sent food parcels to their relatives at home. Many, mindful of the long queues for scarce products in shops, made sure their parcels were regular and well-stocked. Since the advent of rationing, the flow of food parcels has increased. According to the latest figures 18,000 tonnes of food has been sent.
A special committee headed by Deputy-Prime Minister Jerry Ozdowski has been formed to co-ordinate distribution. Known as the Council of Ministers, the Committee is made up of government representatives, the independent trade union Solidarity, patriotic associations, welfare groups and the church.
The meeting established several basic principles for food distribution. It would try to avoid duplication of food supplies, identify areas of greatest need, and distribute food equally and justly, according to instructions from the food senders. Special attention would be given to children and the elderly. The agreement indicated there were some areas at least where Solidarity and the government could co-operate. Elsewhere, industrial strike continued, and other conflicts were looming on the issues of the economy and street disturbances.