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Poland: Solidarity Calls For Saving Gdansk Shipyard

Gdansk, 9 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - Nearly 1,000 workers at the Gdansk shipyard, birthplace of Poland's Solidarity trade union movement, held a rally today calling for reorganizing the shipyard instead of shutting it down.

Solidarity leader Jerzy Borowczak denounced moves to liquidate the company, declared bankrupt a month ago. The yard's bankruptcy receiver, Michal Lachert, said earlier today on Gdansk radio that the government must make the decision whether restructuring is feasible. He said he has not received any serious new investment proposal.

The Gdansk shipyard is a political symbol in Poland because of Solidarity's role in the collapse of Polish communism. It had operated at a loss for several years before it went into bankruptcy.