The government offered to begin direct talks with Solidarity as early as Thursday if all strikes end first, and Lech Walesa said he would take part if allowed to represent the free trade union movement.

The government offer was announced by strike committee adviser Krzysztof Dowgiallo in a videotape shown Monday night to striking workers at the Lenin shipyard in the Baltic port of Gdansk.Walesa, who chairs Solidarity, had earlier issued his response to authorities' statement Sunday that they might let him participate in round-table talks aimed at ending two weeks of labor unrest, but only as an individual.

Thursday is the eighth anniversary of the accord that launched Solidarity's 15-month heyday as the Soviet bloc's first officially recognized independent labor movement.

Ten enterprises remained idled by work stoppages in Poland's most serious strike wave since the 1981 crackdown.

About 5,000 workers joined a occupation strike at a major southeastern steel mill on Monday after authorities attempted to reopen it, and talks between striking workers and management broke off at a coal mine and in the Baltic port of Szczecin.