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URGENT Report: Action Taken to End Polish Steel Strike

May 5, 1988

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ The state-run news agency PAP reported Thursday that ″actions were taken″ to put an end to the 10-day-old strike at the Lenin steel mill in Nowa Huta outside Krakow.

No more specific information was given.

Workers also were told to stay away from the shipyard in Gdansk ″until further notice,″ PAP said.

The Gdansk shipyard went on strike Monday, the forth strike since April 25 in Poland’s worst wave of labor unrest since the 1981 military crackdown on Solidarity. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has joined the strikers and spent Wednesday night at the shipyard on Poland’s Baltic coast.

″There’s no strike any longer,″ said a switchboard operator at the steel mill in southern Poland at 8:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. EDT). She said no one from management was available to answer questions.

On Wednesday, church mediators won a promise of negotations today between strikers and management at the steel mill. A Roman Catholic mediator in Gdansk said the director there had ruled out negotiations with strikers.

The promise of negotiations at Nowa Huta came after the communist government on Wednesday accused strikers of terrorist actions and warned continued trouble could bring ″serious consequences.″

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