• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: The Polish Government held talks with the trade union 'Solidarity' on Thursday (6 August) over the rising tide of protest at food shortages and general grievances.

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    TV Shopping centre (2 shots)
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    GVs People in shopping centre (2 shots)
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    TRACKING SHOT. Food and canned drinks on counters
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    CU Official document
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    SV Nuns being told confiscated food being given to orphanage
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Polish Government held talks with the trade union 'Solidarity' on Thursday (6 August) over the rising tide of protest at food shortages and general grievances. Brief strikes were held in two provinces, while miners in Silesia threatened to close the region's coal mines and industry in the push for a national strike. 'Solidarity' leader Lech Walesa said he wanted replies from the Government on the list of demands, including union control over the production and distribution of food.

    SYNOPSIS:
    The 'Solidarity' plan is to set up its own commission to control all aspects of food supplies.

    The union wants to supervise the production, sale and distribution of food, arguing that the rationing system has failed. This has been denied by the Government.

    Recently authorities released details of proposals to quadruple food prices. The already flourishing 'black-market' stocked up, knowing the higher prices and shortages would add to the numbers of their customers.

    Then followed the announcement of a 20 per cent reduction in monthly meat allotments and a purge on black marketeers.

    Those to benefit from the Government on black markets are the orphanages. Officials have decided to take all the confiscated food to them, providing some relief for the under-privileged children of Poland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA279B95MJGLKUITJQORU7MO67U
    Media URN:
    VLVA279B95MJGLKUITJQORU7MO67U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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