Polish court rejects Walesa's union
Leaders of Polan's free trade union Solidarity met Monday in Jastrzebie, a Silesian coal mining town, to consider possible strike action following the rejection by a Warsaw court of the movement's application for registration.
The union leader, Lech Walesa, has been on an election-style swing through southern Poland. He says he does not favor the idea of a new strike, but the announcement in Warsaw Sunday of the court's objections to Solidarity's statues could provoke pressure from below for such action.
The court, which has delayed solidarity's application for legal recognition for nearly four weeks, spelled out that the objections to the union's proposed statutes were essentially pol
It said the omission in the statutes of clauses accepting the leading role of the Communist Party in Poland and Poland's Communist alliances and system was unacceptable.
The court also questioned the union's proposals on freedom to strike, saying that this would have to be clarified in a new labor law. It also raised objections to a clause that barred managers and party officials from being elected to union office.
The court called for more talks to smoothe out the differences.
At the start of his tour in Krakow on Friday, Mr. Walesa said that after Monday, Oct. 20, his union would proceed as though it were legally registered whatever the courts decided.
He said Solidarity, which expects to enroll more than 6 million members, was too big to be pushed around and did not care about the niceties of bureaucracy. Union elections would be held regardless of the court's decision, he promised.
His remarks to the crowd of some 15,000 in Krakow included an affirmation of loyalty to "socialism" in Poland: "What is happening in our country is our own affair. We are creating socialism of a Polish color and we don't want anyone to interfere with this or o our position vis-a-vis the party."
It was perhaps intended to answer Romanian President Ceausescu, who had said a few days earlier that "strikes of an agitative nature and the slogan about independent unions are unjustifiable because they always serve bourgeois-imperialist interests."
Hard-line East Germany and Czechoslovakia have been critical of the new unions, but Romania had shown restraint about the Polish situation. Its comments now may be indirect confirmation that industrial unrest, prompted by Polish events, is again troubling Romania. There was a miners' strike there in 1977.