Alina Pienkowska

 

 

Age: 50

 

Summary: Polish legendary labor activist who single-handedly prevented the Gdansk Shipyard strike from ending when she grabbed a loudspeaker as workers started returning to their jobs and made a passionate speech which prolonged the strike long enough for the workers to get their basic demands.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: January 12, 1952

 

Died: October 17, 2002

 

Location: Gdansk, Poland