SITUATION REPORTS - POLAND

Created: 8/23/1980

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SITUATION REPORTS

POLAND

There mqj be some break in tht stalemate betueen theand the strikers in Gdansk.mm>

_ th* government has te-

versed its earlier position and will send Deputy Premier

Jagielski, head of its negotiating team, to meet today

with the joint strike committee. The government's move

seems to be an effort to probe strikers' attitudes in

the wake of recent remarks by th* local Catholic bishop

ngthy strikes would be contrary to the nation's amm-

The news reportedly waswith elation by strikars in the pivotal Lenin shipyards. TLesewill only prepare for what promises to be protracted, difficult negotiations. Strike leaders in Gdansk have made the release of tharecondition for talks. The government released, four dissidents yesterday but retainsn custody.

Strike activity remains confined primarily to the .Taitic coast. Strikers-there are maintaining discipline within their ranks and ara not making provocative moves .wouldovernment response. esBmsssmsmsm

the government hasorkers in Silesia, apparently in an effort tosympathetic work stoppages in th* coalfields. Such action, however, could provoke further walkouts.

strike activity

elsewhere in Poland, mostly among transport workers, but this may be resolved through pay increases. fXvsmsmV

The regime has other tactical maneuvers under way that it hopes till split the strikers and erode their

popular support. Theseedia campaignthe increasing shortages caused by the strikes and an announcement that the government has increased, imports of foodstuffs to relieve these scarcities.

The economic costs of che strikes and growingto end thea continue co mount. The stoppagesBaltichalted shipping.

he port strikes cost PoTTni

illion dally in export earnings. Seventy ships waiting to be unloaded cost the port of5ay in penalty fees. Fifty-seven percent of coalaccount for one-fifth of Polishereentof grain imports come through tho Baltic ports, fl

Thousands of tons of wool and cottonty theindustry in Lodz are blocked in Gdansk and some foods roportedly are rotting in the holds of ships. Large oil tankers are waiting to be unloaded for tUle Gdansk refinery, which processes about lit percent of total Polish output. fgrnXw

Moreover, all Polishaccounts foiercent of Polish hard currencynow

n Gdansk, center of thc unrest, the

Lenin shipyard is losing SIay in penalty fees for late deliveries.

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