The government had just announced that they were going to have new economic austerity policies as well as higher food prices. The workers were so upset with this announcement that they chose to strike in the Lenin Shipyard. The reason for this was, because they wanted to see an increase in their pay and have the opportunity to form a union, that is communist free. Once they had taken over the shipyard, they had appointed Lech Walesa to lead them and form an organization known as “Solidarity” that would tie workers from different fields together, into one labor movement. The workers did succeed in getting some concessions from the Polish Government and eventually were able to convince the communist government, to recognize this organization and have open elections. In 1990, Walesa was elected as the first non-communist president.