Regional leaders of Solidarity, the biggest of Poland's free trade unions, on Monday (20 October) postponed a decision on a strike in protest against the authorities' failure to register their movements.
CU PAN TO Men speaking.
SCU Mr. Lech Walesa Union leader, speaking in Polish.
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Background: Regional leaders of Solidarity, the biggest of Poland's free trade unions, on Monday (20 October) postponed a decision on a strike in protest against the authorities' failure to register their movements. They met at the invitation of Mr. Lech Walesa, the union's leader, in Jastrezebie in Silesia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Walesa made a tour of southern Poland after meeting a government commission entrusted with drafting the new Labout Law. He assembled the union's regional leaders for consultation on what to do now that a Warsaw court had delayed union registration for three weeks. They failed to agree on their next move but a motion put forward urged that a strike be considered when regional leaders met in Gdansk next week.
Mr. Walesa, who led the strike movement in northern Poland last August which established free trade unions, said his six-million strong union would operate with or without legal recognition. He said Solidarity intended to exist and function with or without registration.
Mr. Walesa said his union had no plans at present to call a new strike. But he urged his followers to avoid making concessions. Mr. Walesa, who was on the third day of an election-style tour of southern Poland, also called for improved market supplies so that the word "queue" could be stricken from Polish vocabularies.
Mr. Walesa said that rather than opposing socialism, the independent unions were trying to establish a socialism of Polish colours. Solidarity applied for registration along with fifteen or so other independent unions, twelve of which have been formally registered. Correspondents say that the formation of the unions is fact. What is worrying the unions is that the Polish Communist Party may try to take them over.