• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Poland's independent trade union, Solidarity, has offered support to workers in other communist countries in setting up their own independent trade unions.

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    MUTE: GV PAN Prison front TO guards ZOOM IN banners in windows (3 shots)
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    SCU Prisoners behind barred window
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    GV Clothes on wire perimeter fence (2 shots)
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    GV Security guards outside prison (2 shots)
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    GTV INT Conference & GVs delegates listening (3 shots)
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    SOUND: CU ZO TO SV Solidarity spokesman speaking at news conference in Polish, with foreign journalists listening (4 shots)
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    SV Solidarity spokesman talking with other spokesman listening
    1.29

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    CU Walesa replying to question, speaking in Polish
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Poland's independent trade union, Solidarity, has offered support to workers in other communist countries in setting up their own independent trade unions. Delegates at Solidarity's first annual conference in the port of Gdansk sent messages of support to workers in albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, just to the south Bydgoszcz, a crowd of youths attacked police guarding the city's prison, where more than 200 prisoners escaped in mass riot on Saturday (5 September).

    SYNOPSIS: The latest flare-up at the prison occurred on Monday night (7 September) but the official Polish news agency didn't report it until a day later. The prison has been heavily guarded since the breakout and a mob of about one hundred youth attacked one of the guard patrols with stones and bricks. Eight policemen were injured and three youths were given short jail sentences.

    Up till then the prison had been quiet after police and army units restored order in the wake of Saturday's riots. There are still scores of prisoners on the run but they are gradually giving themselves up following a promise from the authorities not to penalise anyone involved in the breakout.

    In Gdansk meanwhile, delegates to Solidarity's congress are giving the authorities even greater problems to worry about. Messages to workers in other communist countries urged them to ignore what they were being told about the union. They said Solidarity is an authentic 10 million member union which emerged from worker strikes and is aimed at improving the living standards of all working people. At home the delegates called on Poland's parliament to hold a national referendum before it approves plans for the future management of industry. This lies at the heart of the revolt which led to Solidarity's formation.

    Spokesmen at the conference focused on this question of workers self-management and they say there'll be a boycott of the new laws if they're enacted without a test of public opinion. A victory on this issue would give the union effective control of Poland's economy and mark a further erosion of the government's power. The authorities have vowed to retain overall control of key appointments and of major industrial policy. The congress resolution strongly criticised the authorities whom it accuses of being afraid of genuine self-government, wanting to deprive workers of the right to run their enterprises.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85FNITB6NCHPAQWZ4G54HOQTC
    Media URN:
    VLVA85FNITB6NCHPAQWZ4G54HOQTC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
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