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Solidarity Threat


GDANSK, Poland--The congress of Poland's independent labor union Solidarity yesterday threatened to stage a token nationwide strike if the communist government does not comply with their call for a price freeze.

The threat came in response to the government's sudden doubling of cigarette prices Monday and was part of a comprehensive social and economic program passed by the 18-day, two-part congress. The program is aimed at giving workers more say in the operation of state-run enterprises.

Until the government guarantees improved food supplies, prices should be frozen unless the government and Solidarity agree to any raises, according to the resolution.

The congress appealed to all workers not to strike unless ordered to do so by Solidarity leaders.

Congress delegates also voted to hold a "people's" tribunal against several former government officials they blame for Poland's "downfall," if Communist authorities do not prosecute them within the year.

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