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The World : Solidarity Funds Shifted

The Polish government gave its officially sanctioned trade union federation $4.8 million in funds that it seized from the now-banned Solidarity trade union when it was suspended in 1981, the official PAP news agency reported. The funds were collected by union officials as fees and dues from Solidarity’s 10 million members during the union’s legal life between August, 1980, and December, 1981. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa expressed outrage at the government action saying, “They should be sure they are counting it correctly, because when the time comes to give it back we will add it up.”


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