INTRODUCTION Solidarity leaders, angry at the storming of a firemen's cadet school Warsaw, have warned the communist authorities the country could face a general strike.
LODZ. POLAND (2 DECEMBER 1981) (REUTERS - STEFAN DMOCHOWSKI )
GV EXTERIOR Higher School of Engineering, CU Sign. (2 SHOTS) 0.04
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SVs INTERIOR Students in sleeping bags on floor. (4 SHOTS) 0.25
SV Used cups and half empty coffee jars; GV students sitting around table drinking coffee. (2 SHOTS) 0.35
GVs Students using printing machine/ ( duplicating machine ?.) (2 SHOTS) 0.47
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Background: INTRODUCTION Solidarity leaders, angry at the storming of a firemen's cadet school Warsaw, have warned the communist authorities the country could face a general strike. Meanwhile, many of Poland's university students are on strike to force the rector of an engineering college at Random to resign and to back a new liberal education law.
A top engineering school in Lodz. The students are supporting their colleagues at Radom. Out of about 900 students in this department only 250 are on strike. Those who are on strike have to catch up with work not done at seminars and lectures in their own time.
Whatever the problems the students debate the situation at all times of the day and night.
The Independent Students' Union says at least 73 of the country's universities and colleges are on strike. They want university appointments to be approved by faculty and students and they want a loosening of the laws which govern curriculum planning. The strike in Lodz and other universities continues.
Radom to the south of Warsaw. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa attends a special meeting of the presidium to discuss the growing crisis in the union's relationship with the communist authorities.
At the meeting the presidium is discussing with the union's regional chiefs the next moves. The union are particularly angry at the storming of a firemen's cadet school in Warsaw on Wednesday (2 December) when 2,000 paramilitary police herded the cadets out of force.
In a statement in Warsaw before the meeting in Random the presidium said recent events proved the government had rejected dialogue in favour of force. The statement also accused the government of watering down schemes for major economic reform and sticking to its old ways. It said the Union would consider calling a general strike of emergency powers were brought in by the government.
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa addressed a meeting of workers at the Radoskor Tannery in Radom. He said the union could not back any more. It was necessary to think over every move. He said it was likely the regionally chiefs and the presidium would adopt a recommendation calling for a general strike if the parliament ordered the emergency measure demanded by the Communist Party. But the final decision would be up to Solidarity's full national commission which was due to meet in Gdansk soon.