Prime Minister in Silesia: "Solidarity" is Poland's middle name, it is also our future

40 years ago, as a result of a wave of strikes across Poland and the signing of the August Agreements, Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity" was established. Two of the four agreements were signed in Silesia. This gave rise to the Śląsko-Dąbrowska "Solidarity". Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in the regional anniversary celebrations. During his visit, he also met entrepreneurs at the 12th European Economic Congress in Katowice and visited the Historic Guido Coal Mine in Zabrze.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Birthday of the Silesian “Solidarity”

The 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union is celebrated throughout the country. The head of the government attended the Holy Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, which constituted the beginning of the regional celebration. It was attended i.a. by signatories of the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement and the Katowice Agreement.

Looking at the history of Solidarity, I am convinced that this is only the first 40 years. Solidarity is the overall direction of our actions. This is the direction that should guide the policy of every good government, but also of those who represent the world of work said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the ceremonial Extraordinary Session of the General Meeting of Delegates of the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Region of Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity". All members of the Regional Board starting from 1980 onwards were invited to this year's celebration.

"Solidarity" as the future of Poland

The head of government emphasised that in the history of our state, "Solidarity" would always be described as a great national and social independence movement. "A movement aimed at fighting for a dignified life for every human being in Poland and beyond," said the Prime Minister.

Solidarity was in our hearts back then and it still is today. It is the middle name of Poland, it is also our future. It is a phenomenon that crosses our borders continued the Prime Minister, emphasising the solidarity of Poles with the Belarusian nation. We want to help them get through this difficult time. Solidarity shows its beautiful nature again, thank you for that he said.

The celebration at the Sports and Entertainment Arena “Pogoń” in Zabrze ended with the screening of the "Zbuntowany Region" (“Rebellious Region”) film showing the history of four decades of activity of Silesian trade unions.

Cultivating the mining legacy

The Prime Minister also visited the historic Guido Coal Mine in Zabrze, which, together with the Queen Louise mine and the Main Key Hereditage Adit, constitute a historical monument "Zabrze - a complex of historic hard coal mines". It is an authentic testimony to the history of Polish mining industry.

This place is an example of great cooperation with the local self-government and the government said the Prime Minister. He added that a large investment project was underway in the region, under which the funding in the amount of PLN 4 million was awarded to the Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze.

The Prime Minister recalled that the mine was opened in 1855 and operated until the 1960s. It is a tourist gem of Upper Silesia and a history that shows the enormous effort of miners stressed the Prime Minister.

European Economic Congress in Katowice

During his visit to Silesia, the Prime Minister met with entrepreneurs at the 12th European Economic Congress. It is a forum for the exchange of experiences and opinions about the Polish and European economy and the multidimensional conditions of its development.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, 2020 is a time of special challenges for the economy. As a result of these challenges, the government has been focused on saving  the economy. Millions of jobs have been saved thanks to the Financial Shield and the Anti-Crisis Shield. Now the government encourages entrepreneurs to invest. Thus, the Congress, which has been organised for over a decade now, is a particularly important point in the calendar of Polish entrepreneurship this year.


Śląsko-Dąbrowski Region of Independent Self-Governing Trade Union "Solidarity"

Śląsko-Dąbrowska "Solidarność" is one of the regional structures of the national trade union organisation - Independent Self-Governing Trade Union "Solidarity", the basic goal of which still constitutes the fight for workers' rights.

Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity" was established as a result of the strikes of 1980 and the signing of the August Agreements. Two of the four agreements were signed in Silesia. On 3 August 1980, an agreement was signed in Jastrzębie-Zdrój, and on 11 September 1980 - in Huta Katowice (Dąbrowa Górnicza).

The signing of the August Agreements and the emergence of "Solidarity" marked the beginning of changes of 1989.

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