INTRODUCTION: The Polish independent trades union leader, Lech Walesa, ran into prospects of a new clash with the government immediately on his return from Rome.
GV Lech Walesa descends steps of aircraft, ZOOM IN TO Walesa being greeted by Solidarity officials PAN TO Walesa walking towards bus
SV Photographers inside building, SV Walesa seated with other officials, PAN TO cameramen and reporters, PAN BACK TO Walesa speaking (2 shots)
SV Walesa and officials, PAN TO cameramen and reporters PAN BACK AND ZOOM IN TO Walesa speaking
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Polish independent trades union leader, Lech Walesa, ran into prospects of a new clash with the government immediately on his return from Rome. While he was out of country, regional branches of Solidarity drew up plans for more strikes in support of their demand for a five-day working week.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Walesa flew back from Rome on Monday (19 January) after his first official visit abroad. He had a meeting while he was there with Pope John Paul; and the first thing he did on his return to Warsaw was to call on Poland's Roman Catholic Primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski. But the same night, he went on to an unexpected four-hour meeting with the Prime Minister, Josef Pinkowski, to discuss the deteriorating labour situation.
Mr. Walesa told waiting reporters that he would not comment on the new strike threat until he talked to Solidarity's National Consultative Commission. But he said he was confident that the five-day week question could be settled. "We discussed more difficult problems with the authorities last August", he said; "and I do not see any reason why we should not come to terms now."
After he met the Prime Minister, Mr. Walesa urged Solidarity members to act prudently. He was criticised by one member of the Union's presidium for holding the meeting, but said it was for the Union's benefit. Mr. Walesa said he had told the Prime Minister that it was the government that had created a climate of confrontation.