Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today in History

The Gdanks Accords were signed,

The Gdansk accords were signed on August 31, 1980, between the communist government and striking workers along the Baltic coast. The accords allowed a free trade union, the right to strike, and pay rises. They also limited censorship, freed political prisoners, and permitted the weekly broadcast of Catholic Mass on state-controlled radio and television.

Based on these accords, the Solidarity trade union was formally recognized on October 24 and eventually grew to a membership of 10 million Poles -- more than one-quarter of the country's population.

If you are really lucky I'll post this evening about the role of the Accords in toppling communism in Poland

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