Volume 6, Issue 1.
The nature of the independent trade union movement in Poland was the major topic of discussion at Solidarity's first National Congress in September 1981. Ewa-Teresa Eliasz Brantley was present at that Congress as one of the drafters of the statute defining Solidarity and its role in Polish society. She spoke with The Forum about the statute and its ... read moreimplications for Solidarity's future, as well as the historical development of the trade union movement. Her remarks also dealt with the question of Solidarityï¿½s perceptions of itself as a union and as a political force. A first-hand observer of Solidarity's initial nationwide organizational plenum who is intimately acquainted with both the issues and the personalities involved in today's Polish labor movement, Brantley brings fresh insights to the events of the past months.