Solidarity / Solidarność

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Solidarity / Solidarność is a Polish trade union that emerged on 31 August 1980 at the Gdańsk Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa. It was the first non-Communist Party-controlled trade union in Poland and indeed any Warsaw Pact country.

Random facts about Solidarity:

  • At its height, Solidarity membership reached up to 10 million members, which is approximately one third of the total working age population of Poland.
  • The USA provided significant financial support for Solidarity during the 1980s. This funding is thought to have been as much as 50 million US dollars.
  • Solidarity supported the UK miner’s strike in 1984 and 1985.
  • Lech Walesa was chairman of Solidarnosc between 1980 and 1990.
Solidarity Solidarność

A set of postage stamps featuring Polish Eagles. These were issued by Solidarity / Solidarność trade union in 1986.

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