POLAND: A New Party Boss Takes Charge

As a few strikes persist and workers launch free unions

The three-room flat in a crumbling pre-war building in central Warsaw normally houses a family of five. Last week it was suddenly transformed into the bustling headquarters of Warsaw's new independent trade union. Day after day, a steady stream of workers flowed through the kitchen to sign up for membership. In the back bedroom, beneath a photograph of Pope John Paul II, workers sat at a round table discussing union organization with intellectuals and lawyers who had volunteered to advise them. The commotion...

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