1980 Workers at the Gdansk shipyard
in Poland went on strike for the right to have free trade unions.
The contrary view is expressed by the powerful words of the Polish Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz, now inscribed on the monument in Gdansk shipyard
that honours the workers who were killed by the Communist regime during the 1970 protests there:
Enter any of the side streets off the main drag Monte Cassino for a walk back in time.No visit would be complete without a tour of the Gdansk shipyard
, the birthplace of Solidarity, which under the leadership of Lech Walesa, helped bring democracy to Poland.
Yes, he was feted for his achievement, but Poland struggled with rampant inflation, the collapse of traditional subsidised industries and even the Gdansk shipyard
where he had cut his teeth, struggled to compete in the new world order.
What was the name given to Poland's first free trade union, founded in Gdansk shipyard
It took nearly a decade between the first strikes in the Gdansk Shipyard
and the fall of communism in Poland.
Donna Baranski-Walker was recently awarded the Medal of Gratitude at the Gdansk Shipyard
before 25,000 people for her work in support of the Polish Solidarity Movement when she was 25 yrs.
1980 In Poland, workers at the Gdansk shipyard
went on strike for the right to have free trade unions.
"Once we saw our strength in numbers, we started to really come together," he recalled, explaining that the Gdansk shipyard
protests exposed the fundamental weakness of the communist system, which is when "we really kicked them in the shins."
ANNA WALENTYNOWICZ was a true legend of Solidarity: her firing from her job as a crane operator prompted the Gdansk shipyard
workers to go on strike in August 1980.
As intimated by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes in recent weeks, the European Commission gave the green light, on 22 July, to aid of 251 million granted to the Gdansk shipyard
since Poland joined the EU in May 2004.