Prime Minister: Freedom and solidarity are the foundations on which Poland is built

The Prime Minister took part in the ceremony held in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of signing the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement and establishment of the Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union Solidarność in Jastrzębie-Zdrój. The anniversary ceremony began with a holy mass at the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church in Jastrzębie-Zdrój.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

As we have entered this historic time, commemorating the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, we can now say that the truth is being reclaimed said the Prime Minister. He went on to recall that in 1980 the workers had the courage to fight for their dignity and normal living conditions in those times.

The head of the government appealed to us to continue the important task of destroying the wall erected by the Polish People’s Republic, which was always goal driving the struggle of workers from Jastrzębie, as well as of those from all the factories and mines of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie. He emphasized that the current social policy is one aimed at restoring dignity to the Polish families and people who are more vulnerable. A state that shows strength to the ruthless and strong, and understanding to those less adjusted said the Prime Minister.

Mateusz Morawiecki also laid flowers at the monument to the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement and at the memorial site dedicated to late Maria and Lech Kaczyńscy, as well as all the people whose lives were claimed in the Smoleńsk plane crash.

The Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement was the third agreement signed in the summer of 1980, following those signed in Gdańsk and Szczecin. It complemented the agreements signed in August 1980 between the authorities at the time and the striking workers. Apart from confirming the arrangements previously made in Gdańsk and Szczecin, the striking miners’ negotiating achievements included abolishing the four-brigade system of work in the mining sector as well as introducing non-working Saturdays across Poland.

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