Osiatynski: Some people believe the Solidarity trade union
is the guarantee for our transformation's continuation, because it no longer supports the communists But at the same time, it makes ever-increasing demands on the new government.
THE instant imagery of Gdansk is the Lenin shipyards, Lech Walesa and the birth of the Solidarity trade union
Between October 15th and November 15th, an international conference will be held to discuss the importance of the Independent Self-Governing Solidarity Trade Union
in eroding the totalitarian system.
But since the banning of the Solidarity trade union
in December 1981 and the introduction of martial law, the pilgrimages had taken on a new urgency.
1981: Military rulers in Poland have declared a state of emergency after imposing martial law and placing Lech Walesa, above, leader of the Solidarity trade union
They include Lech Walesa, who led anti-communist protests in Poland as the head of the Solidarity trade union
The 58-year-old former leader of the Solidarity trade union
said: "I wanted to cause a bit of a fuss over the summer, but my wife Danuta and I realised it wasn't a good idea.
Even the Solidarity trade union
has left the coalition and returned to its labour roots - a course long urged by the founder of the movement, Lech Walesa.
Years passed and I was treated according to the communist standard," he told Solidarity trade union
The Gdansk shipyard, the cradle of the Solidarity trade union
, has been saved from closure after the European Commission approved $357 million in Polish state aid.
The one-time Solidarity trade union
leader is visiting Britain as a guest of the Polish community in Croydon, south London, and has a full schedule including addressing the Oxford Union and visits to the Palace of Westminster and the TUC.