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1988 Polish strikes

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DiFilm - Protest at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland 1988

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TOTAL ATTACK - demo 1988 Łapy

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14th August 1980: Lech Wałęsa leads Gdańsk shipyard workers on strike

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End of Communism: How 1989 Changed Europe

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SYND 31/8/80 GDANSK WORKERS SCENES DURING STRIKE NEGOTIATIONS

The 1988 Polish strikes were a massive wave of workers' strikes which broke out in 1988 in the Polish People's Republic. The strikes, as well as street demonstrations, continued throughout spring and summer, ending in early September 1988. These actions shook the Communist regime of the country to such an extent, that it was forced to begin talking about recognising Solidarity. As a result, later that year, the regime decided to negotiate with the opposition, which opened way for the 1989 Round Table Agreement. The second, much bigger wave of strikes surprised both the government, and top leaders of Solidarity, who were not expecting actions of such intensity. These strikes were mostly organized by local activists, who had no idea that their leaders from Warsaw had already started secret negotiations with the Communists.
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  • Background 

  • Repressions against the Solidarity movement 

  • Spring 1988 strikes 

  • Summer 1988 strikes 

  • Outcome