30th August, 1980 : After two months of strikes and demonstrations, Polish workers have wrested far-reaching concessions from their Communist rulers. An agreement signed today by Lech Walesa, the strike leader in the Lenin shipyards at Gdansk, and Mieczyslav Jagielski, the Deputy Prime Minister, provides for independent trade unions, the right to strike, an easing of censorship and release of political prisoners. It goes without saying that the Kremlin will not be pleased, and whether the Polish authorities will be allowed to keep their promises is open to question in the light of today’s denunciation of the Polish strikers in Pravda, the Soviet Party newspaper, which accuses them of having links with “reactionary Polish emigrants and subversive centres abroad”.


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