'Solidarnosc' Shipyard in Gdansk sold to Ukrainian company
The Warsaw Voice reported yesterday that the former 'Lenin' shipyards in Gdansk, famous for being the birthplace of the trade union movement, Solidarnosc, is to be sold to the Ukrainian company Donbass for $400 million. From the leadership of Lech Walesa amongst others, Solidarnosc became a 10 million strong workers movement by the end of the 80's and a formidable force against the old regime.
The former site of numerous battles between repressed workers and their then communist overlords, close by to where World War II started at Westerplatte by the Baltic sea, allegedly faced bankruptcy owing $1.8 billion in State subsidies since Poland acceded to the E.U.
So will the maternity ward for the creation of the continent's powerful social movement against Communism end up as just another historical landmark ruined by business interests? Or will Jaroslaw Kaczynski, incumbent Prime Minister and former Solidarnosc
activist, put his money where his mouth is and ensure that the shipyards have not fallen into the hands of the ahistorical oligarch class.