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June 13, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Polish workers began a two-day strike to protest government plans to close the failing Gdansk shipyard, birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement. Shipyard workers erected a cross at the main gate along with a poster listing their demands to the government, which owns 60% of the shipyard. The strikers want a restructuring plan to save the yard and a retraining program for any of the 7,300 employees who are laid off.
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June 13, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Polish workers began a two-day strike to protest government plans to close the failing Gdansk shipyard, birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement. Shipyard workers erected a cross at the main gate along with a poster listing their demands to the government, which owns 60% of the shipyard. The strikers want a restructuring plan to save the yard and a retraining program for any of the 7,300 employees who are laid off.
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NEWS
April 1, 1987 | United Press International
The steering committee of the outlawed Solidarity union called on workers today for a "decisive" strike against the latest price increases in Poland. The strike call was endorsed by union founder Lech Walesa, who said the date of the strike will not be set until organizers can put out pamphlets to coordinate the effort. Staple food prices went up Sunday by amounts ranging from 10% to 25%.
NEWS
May 29, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trains were rolling again in northern Poland on Monday after Solidarity leader Lech Walesa intervened to stop a wildcat strike by disgruntled Polish train workers. Walesa's middle-of-the-night intercession halted a weeklong strike that pitted workers against the government's post-Communist economic reformers, who refused to negotiate wage demands of the workers. The officials argued that a capitulation on salary demands could lead to more strikes.
NEWS
March 20, 1987 | United Press International
The government-backed trade union threatened Thursday to call a strike if Polish authorities raise food prices next month. The warning was published in the Communist Party newspaper Trybuna Ludu by the union known by its Polish acronym, OPZZ, and recalled the birth of the now banned Solidarity trade union in 1980--also in protest to planned price increases.
NEWS
May 29, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trains were rolling again in northern Poland on Monday after Solidarity leader Lech Walesa intervened to stop a wildcat strike by disgruntled Polish train workers. Walesa's middle-of-the-night intercession halted a weeklong strike that pitted workers against the government's post-Communist economic reformers, who refused to negotiate wage demands of the workers. The officials argued that a capitulation on salary demands could lead to more strikes.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | Associated Press
The Polish government announced Tuesday that talks with the opposition have been delayed until after Oct. 24, and it urged its partners in the dialogue to disavow "extreme elements" before the talks begin. The outlawed Solidarity labor federation replied it is ready to begin talks immediately and blamed the government for the delay.
NEWS
August 31, 1988 | Reuters
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa today called for an end to the wave of strikes in Poland after the Communist authorities said they were ready to discuss the possibility of re-legalizing his banned trade union. Walesa sent a telex message to strikers asking them to end their protests after returning to his home city of Gdansk from talks in Warsaw with Interior Minister Czeslaw Kiszczak. The telex was shown to reporters.
NEWS
August 22, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Solidarity leaders launched a strike today in the giant Lenin shipyard, birthplace of the independent trade union, joining a wave of strikes across Poland in the worst crisis since the imposition of martial law in December, 1981. About two hours after the day shift began, 800 workers hung a huge Solidarity banner outside the shipyard's Gate No. 2 and announced, "We have begun." Then about 300 marched toward the main gate chanting, "There is no freedom without Solidarity."
NEWS
November 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Workers in two shipyards here went on strike Tuesday in support of the doomed Lenin Shipyard, and they defied an appeal by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa to go back to work. Walesa, meanwhile, said he might begin talks with the government even without receiving a guarantee by the authorities for the continued operation of the Lenin yard--the birthplace in 1980 of the banned trade union.
NEWS
April 1, 1987 | United Press International
The steering committee of the outlawed Solidarity union called on workers today for a "decisive" strike against the latest price increases in Poland. The strike call was endorsed by union founder Lech Walesa, who said the date of the strike will not be set until organizers can put out pamphlets to coordinate the effort. Staple food prices went up Sunday by amounts ranging from 10% to 25%.
NEWS
March 20, 1987 | United Press International
The government-backed trade union threatened Thursday to call a strike if Polish authorities raise food prices next month. The warning was published in the Communist Party newspaper Trybuna Ludu by the union known by its Polish acronym, OPZZ, and recalled the birth of the now banned Solidarity trade union in 1980--also in protest to planned price increases.
NEWS
August 30, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Solidarity founder Lech Walesa will hold his first talks with the Polish leadership in six years on Wednesday in a government effort to end weeks of labor turmoil, his aides said today. Walesa will confer with Interior Minister Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak in a meeting attended by a representative of the Roman Catholic Church, said senior Solidarity adviser Adam Michnik. The meeting will take place on the eighth anniversary of the Aug.
NEWS
August 22, 1988 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
Solidarity leaders in the Baltic seaport city of Gdansk on Sunday called for a strike today by workers at the Lenin Shipyard after the government ignored an offer by Lech Walesa to discuss legalization of the banned trade union. Walesa, the Nobel prize-winning union leader, had offered to suspend his call for a strike if the government agreed to talks.
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