With the shipyards, mines, and even the famous Ursus tractor factory gone, former Solidarity activist Mariusz Ambrosiak asks, “Where are all the enterprises where we all fought together?” (Photo: John Feffer)
Cross-posted from JohnFeffer.com.
When I met with Mariusz Ambroziak in 1993, he was secretary for the Solidarity trade union in the Mazowsze area around Warsaw. He’d been a Solidarity activist for most of his life, starting out as a young worker involved in the famous Solidarity chapter at the Ursus tractor factory in Warsaw.
But by 1993, he was having difficulties getting up in the morning and going to work. It took two alarm clocks, he confessed to me, to get him roused out of bed. The union was shrinking in membership, and it just didn’t have the resources to help people. Moreover, its reputation was taking a beating. “The union,” Ambroziak pointed out,
”is paying today with its name because
under the banner of Solidarity the entire
economic reform was undertaken.”
As it turned out, Ambroziak didn’t stay much longer with Solidarity.