INTRODUCTION: Polish free trade union leader Lech Walesa met officials of Japanese labour organisations in Tokyo on Tuesday (12 May) for talks on mutual cooperation.
GV EXTERIOR Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
SV INTERIOR Lech Walesa meets Motofuni Makieda, chairman of the General Council of Trade Union of Japan, and other leaders
SCU Walesa seated in conference room
SV PAN Delegates seated at conference table (2 shots)
SCU Makieda seated
SV PAN Other delegates at table, seated
SCU Walesa and colleagues ZOOM OUT TO delegates at table
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Polish free trade union leader Lech Walesa met officials of Japanese labour organisations in Tokyo on Tuesday (12 May) for talks on mutual cooperation. Mr. Walesa is on a week-long visit to Japan at the invitation of Sohyo, the General Council of Trade Unions of Japan.
SYNOPSIS: It was the second meeting between the Polish 10-man delegation headed by Lech Walesa, and Sohyo president Motofumi Makieda. In their first round of talks Mr. Walesa stressed that Solidarity's main task lay in strengthening its organisation. On Tuesday the Polish labour leader said his union would continue in its efforts to solve disputes through negotiation with the government, but would not abandon its right to strike. He said although politics should be left in the hands of government, Solidarity members would continue to demand recognition of workers' legitimate rights.
Solidarity delegates hope to learn more about Japanese agricultural and industrial technology during their visit. Mr. Walesa said when he returned to Warsaw he intended to press the Polish government to introduce Japanese techniques in a bid to reconstruct the economy. Sohyo has already provided Solidarity with printing and office equipment and during Tuesday's talks both unions agreed to promote exchanges of personnel in order to develop cooperative relations.