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8. Social Solidarity and the Victory of Solidarność

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The strikes in Silesia built upon previously established social networks and helped to establish new ties and strengthen old ones. As the negotiations proceeded inside the shipyards, a great mass of people avidly followed the proceedings and gathered outside to demonstrate their support. Out of this activity, a Farmers’ Solidarity union was eventually formed and recognised by the government in 1981. In Gdańsk, musicians performed a concert in the Lenin Shipyard in solidarity with the strikers. The centripetal pull of these strikes led some people to change their lives. During this period, eyes turned especially toward Upper Silesia. In Gdańsk, Zdzislaw Kobylinski announced the strikes in the Warsaw Steel Mill, in the Lenin Steel Mill in Nowa Huta, and in the Jastrzebie mines. The agreements in Gdańsk and Szczecin heralded the evolution of Soviet-style society into entirely uncharted realms.

Keywords:Gdańsk; solidarity; strikes; Upper Silesia



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