The National Executive Committee of the Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity”

The National Executive Committee of the Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity”

The Archives of the National Commission of the Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity” hold a collection of documents related to the National Executive Committee of Solidarity (the NEC). Below there is a selection of documents of the NEC from 1989-1990.

The NEC became a management body of the Solidarity Trade Union on the 25th of October 1987. Its members included:  Lech Wałęsa (chairman), Zbigniew Bujak, Jerzy Dłużniewski, Władysław Frasyniuk, Stefan Jurczak, Bogdan Lis, Andrzej Milczanowski, Janusz Pałubicki and Stanisław Węglarz. They were joined later by: Jan Andrzeja Górny,  Antoni Stawikowski, Antoni Tokarczuk, Stefania Hejmanowska, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Grażyna Staniszewska, Zbigniew Romaszewski, Bogdan Borusewicz, Lech Kaczyński, Henryk Wujec, Jacek Merkel, Alojzy Pietrzyk, Mieczysław Gil, Władysław Liwak and Edward Radziewicz. The NEC meetings were also attended by Jarosław Kaczyński, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Bogdan Borusewicz, Andrzej Celiński, Jacek Kuroń, Jan Lityński and Adam Michnik, and after the official registration of Solidarity also by the representatives of regionl structures. Advisors to the NEC included Bronisław Geremek, Jacek Kuroń, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Adam Michnik, Andrzej Stelmachowski, Andrzej Wielowieyski and Jerzy Zdrada[1].

The NEC met frequently and issued numerous communications and statements. Below you can see three documents dated August the 29th, 1989 – communication from the NEC’s meeting, NEC’s position on establishing trade unions in private companies, and the NEC’s statement on the celebration of the 9th anniversary of the signing of the August Agreements. They are followed by the NEC’s statement dated January the 16th, 1990, on the draft ordinance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs related to framework for setting the lowest level of salary in state-owned companies or social cooperatives. The last of the attached documents is the NEC’s statement on employment and collective redundancies, dated January 30th, 1990.

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Those interested in the above described documents and in our other archival materials are kindly invited to make use of our holdings in our Reading Room of the Archives of the National Commission of NSZZ „Solidarność” at Wały Piastowskie 24. They are accessible from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 15:30. Please let us know in advance about your planned visit either by phone +48 (58) 308-43-92, +48 (58) 308-44-20, +48 (58) 308-43-83 or at .

/Iwona Flis, Stanisław Flis Foundation “Pomerania Archives”,
document selection – Łukasz Grochowski and Kamil Kaliszuk, Archives of the National Commission of NSZZ „Solidarność”/

[1] Encyklopedia Solidarności,, access on 16.02.2020.