Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is visiting Silesia. In Jastrzębie-Zdrój he took part in the 41st anniversary of the signing of the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement. – The fact that one plant after another came up and joined the same or very similar postulates, and these postulates became stronger, bigger and more important, this fact caused that all of Poland became an arena of solidarity insurrection – he said.
Celebrations of the 41st anniversary of the signing of the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement are underway in Jastrzębie-Zdrój.
Prime Minister Mateusz MorawieckiSpeaking at the monument to the Jastrzębski Agreement, he pointed out that when in July 1980, first in Świdnik, then in Lublin, strikes broke out, it seemed that it would be another short protest extinguished by the communists. – But shortly thereafter, this fire of hope ignited in the Lublin region spread to the coast and the entire coast went on strike – he recalled.
He added that, however, it was still possible to wonder whether, apart from the protest, a groundbreaking work would result. Therefore, one should ask the question – he continued – if the mine in Jastrzębie had not gone on strike, and other plants followed, would we have had Solidarity. “I don’t think so,” he said.
– It is the fact that one plant after another was made and joined to the same or very similar postulates, and these postulates grew stronger, bigger and more important, this fact made all of Poland an arena of solidarity insurrection. The communist authorities were no longer able to extinguish this insurrection, because it was becoming more and more known to everyone that it was a fight not only for workers’ rights (…), but above all it was a fight for human dignity, freedom and to break off the chains. Soviet captivity, communist captivity – said Morawiecki.
He pointed out that this fact must be recalled and remembered, because with the passage of time “sometimes various dimensions of this great work of Solidarity are covered with dust”. – We can’t let that happen. We cannot allow this to happen, he appealed.
He thanked all the initiators of the Pavilion of the Jastrzębie Agreement named after Lech Kaczyński, which is to be built. He also recalled the words of the former president that there is no real development of the Republic of Poland without justice, honesty and solidarity.
– I bow my head before the great work of Solidarity, the great work of people who had the courage, had the necessary bit of courage to oppose evil, to say “enough”, fight for freedom, fight for solidarity and this fight turned out to be victorious – he declared.
Prime Minister on “commitment to trying to continue the legacy of Solidarity”
The head of government said that “we are the heirs of the victorious struggle of ‘Solidarity’, the victorious struggle of the workers of August and September ’80′”.
According to Morawiecki, it is also an obligation to try to continue the legacy of “Solidarity”, which is “understanding, seeking consent in many dimensions”. The prime minister pointed to the need to search for such an understanding “between employers and employees, between the rulers and the opposition, between various sectors of the national economy”. – That we should look for it, sometimes even if it seems to be “banging our head against the wall”, so as not to be discouraged, “hitting the head against the wall”, because this agreement is important, the strength of the Republic depends on it – he argued.
Before 2 p.m., the Prime Minister visited the Upper Silesian Medical Center in Katowice, and from 3 p.m. he will participate in the ceremony of unveiling the reconstructed reliefs by Jan Reszka at the Silesian Voivodship Office in Katowice.
The Jastrzębie Agreement on September 3, 1980 was the third document, after Gdańsk and Szczecin, signed in the summer of 1980 between the authorities and workers. According to many historians, the mass strikes in Silesia, which resulted in the arrangements made in Jastrzębie, influenced the pace and effectiveness of the negotiations conducted in Gdańsk and Szczecin, and the signing of the Jastrzębie Agreement sealed the previous agreements. It confirmed the Gdańsk arrangements and, inter alia, abolished the four-shift system of work in the mining industry, which required work seven days a week. A key decision was also the announcement of the introduction of all free Saturdays and Sundays.
Main photo source: PAP / Andrzej Grygiel