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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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.
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.