June 25, 1990 |
Sixty-three of Lech Walesa's senior advisers and longtime allies in the Solidarity movement broke ranks with him over his criticism of the Solidarity-led government. The break came at a Warsaw meeting of the national Citizens Committee, since 1988 the political arm of Solidarity. The full committee of 200 postponed action on the letter at the behest of Walesa, who considers the pace of economic reform too slow under Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki.
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.