INTRODUCTION: Pope John Paul the Second told Lech Walesa and other leaders of the independent Polish trade union Solidarity on Thursday (15 January) that he hoped they would be able to continue their work with courage, prudence and moderation.
VATICAN: SV PULL BACK TO GV Pope John Paul II greeting Lech, Walesa
SV Pope receiving gifts from trade unionists including replica of memorial statue (2 shots)
SV Pope receiving gift from Walesa
WARSAW: GV & CU Protest posters and people reading (3 shots)
SV Buses with strike notices on windows (3 shots)
SV & CU Union printing machine in operation and CU of notices run off (2 shots)
SVs People crammed into union building waiting for advice (3 shots)
SV & CU Union representative reading information sheet pledging support of other unions (2 shots)
SV & CU Union representative watching TV on which Deputy Mayor is speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEBASTIAN: "Up went the protest placards, and down came a new challenge to the government. But it didn't make everyone happy. This poster complained again about political prisoners."
"The dispute means that public transport here will be halted for four hours tomorrow (Friday) during the peak rush hour. The strike notice was a warning to commuters, but also to the government. Few things bite faster than a transport strike, particularly in weather like this.
"The union prints virtually what it wants to at its headquarters. Like the government, its own position has hardened over the last few weeks. The people who flock to the building are told to prepare for action at a time of growing tension and impatience with the authorities.
"News from other union branches comes straight to Solidarity headquarters. Most of it promises support."
"Tonight, the union watched for government's reaction on television. The city's deputy mayor said he could make no further concessions. If people didn't work, they wouldn't be paid."
REPORTER: TIM SEBASTIAN
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Pope John Paul the Second told Lech Walesa and other leaders of the independent Polish trade union Solidarity on Thursday (15 January) that he hoped they would be able to continue their work with courage, prudence and moderation. The Pope gave what was interpreted as his firmest endorsement for the Solidarity movement when Mr. Walesa and his delegation visited the Vatican. In Warsaw, it was felt Solidarity was on course for another trial of strength with the government which did not meet a deadline the Movement had given it to drop plans to penalise workers who took last Saturday (10 January) off in another Solidarity demonstration. The union announced there'd be a four-hour strike in Warsaw, and possibly other areas, on Friday (16 January). President Stanislaw Kania responded with a warning that there was no room in Poland for two power centres. Tim Sebastian of the BBC reports on events in Poland. But first, the Solidarity group at the Vatican.
SYNOPSIS: The Pope greeting Mr. Walesa, with whom he had a 25-minute private meeting before speaking about Solidarity at a public audience. Pope John Paul described the creation of the free trade union in his native Poland as an event of great importance. He said Solidarity was not of a political character and not directed against anyone, but rather in favour of the common good. These last remarks were thought to allude to criticism of the union in official East European publications. The Pope said there was no contradiction between an autonomous social initiative by workers and the structure of the system. At the end of the audience, the delegation gave Pope John Paul a model ship from the Lenin yard at Gdansk, and a model of the monument commemorating disorders and violence there 10 years ago. Now here's Tim Sebastian: