INTRODUCTION: The price of tobacco in Poland has been doubled despite a warning from the free trade union Solidarity.
SV & GV & CU Polish minister arrives at Solidarity meeting and addresses Solidarity (3 shots)
CU Walesa listening
SV & GV Second minister speaks, audience laughs and waves (3 shots)
CU Walesa speaking in Polish
GV & CU Poles queueing for cigarettes at booth (4 shots)
SV & GV Walesa and crowd at Solidarity meeting (3 shots)
GV ZOOM SV Members voting
SV & CU Votes being counted (4 shots)
GV ZOOM SV Computer in operation (2 shots)
SV PAN Result of vote being announced to applause (2 shots)
SEBASTIAN: "The two ministers had come on a mission that never had any chance of success. They told the delegates they didn't have the power to alter the prices not only that, but worse economic news was on the way. Like everyone, Walesa greeted the statements in disbelief and while the ministers spoke the delegates prepared to give them a reception they'd never had in their lives. But did Walesa think this though was a proper way to treat ministers." 'Well, the way in which the government raised prices wasn't proper either. This congress should involve argument and discussion. We needed something like this.' But the people don't need anything like this. A shortage of cigarettes, and now a hundred per cent price rise, on top of all the other shortages. They're now calling this the tobacco was blaming the state for turning one of their last consumer pleasure into pain."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The price of tobacco in Poland has been doubled despite a warning from the free trade union Solidarity. Prices went up on government orders on Monday (5 October) even after members of Solidarity had made their views on the matter quite clear to two government ministers. In a country with one of the highest consumption levels of tobacco in the world, at least one group of workers has threatened to go on strike. Tim Sebastian of the B.B.C. reports.
SYNOPSIS: Solidarity's Congress was held despite attacks from the Polish authorities and other members of the Eastern bloc, who say it is run by anti-Communists. In the election for chairman on Friday one opponent of Lech Walesa said he would maintain his critical view of Moscow as long as 'the Soviet Union does not change its opinion of Poland'.
But that candidate Jan Rulewski came a very poor third in the poll. He trailed with 52 votes. Marian Jurczyk was second with 201 and Lech Walesa was well ahead with 462,55 per cent of the poll. Walesa's position as leader of the union was confirmed by the membership.
It was further confirmed by the computer. Jurczyk said differences showed Solidarity was a healthy organisation.
Walesa emerged as the leader of Solidarity last year after the sit in at the Gdansk shipyard. He is now confirmed as the union's chairman for two years. He told the congress that stability in Poland depended on the government, the independent unions and workers self management.