The Polish Way to Sovereignty – a tale of the Gdańsk Shipyard and Trade Union Solidarity – people, city, change
A strike led by Lech Wałęsa caused changes which led to free Poland and crashed USSR. The Gdańsk shipyard and its crew became a wide recognisable symbol of solidarity. Trade Union “Solidarity” achieved its aims by using social movement and the methods of civil opposition. As a result of these actions the politicians agreed to the round table talks, which provided a semi-free elections in 1989. Today the Union Trade “Solidarity” is a well-known movement, but it doesn’t have a high position in polish politics and the Gdańsk Shipyard builds transport ships, container vessels, offshore boats and other ship equipment. Poland remeber the history of Trade Union “Solidarity” and the people sacrifice, and therefore in Gdańsk runs the European Solidarity Centre, which has been opened in 2008 (moderated in 2014).
It can be a wonderful possibility to visit the city of Gdańsk its outstanding historical monuments like Artus Court, statue of Neptune and of course the shipyard and the European Solidarity Centre. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn the past and think about democracy and independence.