April 22, 1990 |
Lech Walesa was reelected chairman of the Solidarity trade union Saturday, easily overcoming a common complaint against him of dictatorial behavior in the union's affairs to win more than 77% of the vote. The opposition, two union members from Wroclaw and Lodz, was, in fact, only token, with Walesa himself seconding the nomination of one of his nominal rivals. "I am very glad," he said after his election, "but we are now faced with more difficult tasks than those we have already behind us."
August 24, 1988 |
The State Department on Tuesday urged the Polish government to employ reconciliation, not force, in dealing with spreading labor unrest. "Free labor unions can help the Polish economic reform effort, not hinder it," spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said. "Indeed, it is hard to see how economic reform can succeed without the participation of free trade unions. Economic reform is a truly national undertaking. It must include all the people."
August 25, 1988 |
Five more strikes ended in Poland on Wednesday as tension eased in the current wave of labor unrest and the government continued its show of force to halt other walkouts. Two of the strikes, one in a coal mine and another in a tram depot, came to a close when police confronted strikers. In three other coal mines, walkouts led by small groups of workers ended voluntarily after appeals by management.
April 2, 1988 |
The Polish government on Friday doubled the price of electricity and tripled the cost of coal in the country's third round of price increases since February. The price hikes, which began with a 40% food increase, are a cornerstone of the Communist government's efforts to slash subsidies and establish a balanced market. But the measures have sparked growing fears of runaway inflation.
February 12, 1989
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said he is a "bigger optimist" than ever following a week of historic talks with the Polish government, but strikes in three Polish cities threatened to disrupt the negotiations. The latest wave of strikes was triggered by new price increases for consumer goods, but Solidarity officials accused Communist-led unions of exploiting labor unrest in an attempt to derail the talks that began Monday in Warsaw.