The nation's coal miners, in the eighth week of a crippling walkout, appealed Monday to all Soviet citizens to hold a general strike "to end the dictatorship" of the central government and the Communist Party.
As the unprecedented appeal was issued, Soviet Premier Valentin Pavlov in an almost surreal atmosphere presented before the central legislature his government's anti-crisis economic plan that would ban strikes and demonstrations.But in the Soviet Far East, 3,000 gold miners walked off the job in a one-day warning strike, and some said they support the coal miners' longstanding demand that Mikhail Gorbachev resign as president.
And stevedores in the Lithuanian port of Kleipeda walked off the job, leaving the vital facility "immobile and dead in its tracks," the official news agency Tass reported.
The miners' appeal said, "In order to take the country out of the blind alley, it is necessary to put an end to the dictatorship of the union center (central government) and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party Central Commitee.
"This will make it possible for a choice of the forms of property and also to protect the working people from inflation," the appeal said.