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The full name of "Solidarność" is Independent Self Governing Trade Union "Solidarity". This trade union was founded on 31 August 1981 in Gdańsk shipyard. The leaders were Lech Wałęsa and other simple workers – Andrzej Gwiazda and Anna Walentynowicz. It was the first non- communistic union behind the Iron Courtain. This trade union reached 9,5 million members.

Solidarity was a broad anti-bureaucratic social movement to improve the status of workers. The government tried to destroy this trade union during the period of martial law. By the end of August 1990 Solidarity and government got a agreement – it was called the Round Table. In December leader of Solidarity was a President of Poland.

Solidarity still exists today. This is the emblem of this movement: