POLAND

Created: 10/8/1980

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Cri-iciso of Gierek's economic policy wasat Poland's heavy imports of Westernwere hold to have contributedPoland's present foreign debt burden withoutbuilt up Poland's productivein agriculture, fl*)

on future economic measures were limited

tc-enunciated generalizations designed to pla-

cato co.ners and Indicate the regime's intentions to satisfy the Gdansk-Szczecin accords. Speakers promised support for increased investment in agriculture, encour-

of private farming, and cutbacks in long-term industrial investment to free resources for consumption. In addition, the Central Committee pledged to renewto Implement planned housing construction and to adjjst wages to the cost of living. fftfc

There were no promises of any quick improvements for the Polish consumer. Instead, Kania warned ofof meat and coal this winter; ho notedeat rationing plan is under consideration. At>

Officials at tho meeting claimedercent in Septemberoar earlier. It had been previously announced that_industrial production fell aboutercent in August. AB>

Independent astimates of Polish industrialduringfirst month of strike activity-show that the stoppages and slowdownsinimalon industriil output. Total industrial production increased aboutpercent over lasttho same

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as in May and June. As expected, productiondidndercent ln the automotive, television, radio, and textile industries, where strikes took place.

Meanwhile, Warsaw is having difficulty lining up financing to meet its heavy borrowing requirement. officials have indicated their desire to receive an extensive aid package from the us, I billion financial credit for the purchase of raw materials and consumer goods and the rescheduling of axistine Commodity Credit Corporation andredits. OMffJBfB*

In addition, the officials requested theof Cc-roodity Credit Corporation or Export-Ixportperiods and increased fishingea. The Poles were informed that thereobstacles to receivingortion oithey requested.

Union Demands

Loaders of the trade union "Solidarity" apparently Intend to maintain pressure on tho regime to fulfill all provisions of the agreements signed in late August. Union representatives, who met in Gdansk on Monday, denied party leader Kama's version of the events leading up to the ono-hour strike on Friday and demanded that they bo given

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access to television to explain their views.- They also demanded regular access to tho broadcast media and per-mission to publish their own newspaper, books, arc! Although thenlikely to grant access to television and radio, it did agree in August thatthe new trade unions can nave their own publications. mB

The union leaders also characterized the Warsaw court's objections to therganization regis teringational union as "politicalan Legal." The issue ofolidarity" can be aunion =ignt provide th^^pext test of wills betvee: the regime and thc unions.

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