By John Kelly
This booklet is a examine of the connection among full-time union officers and store stewards around the complete of British in 1986-87. it's the first significant learn of union officers for 20 years, and essentially the most designated reviews of place of work collective bargaining and union association following the recession of the early Nineteen Eighties. within the wake of recession, union decline and commercial restructuring, Britain is related by means of a few commentators to be coming into "a new business relations." This booklet presents a special physique of facts that throws new mild in this declare, and casts critical doubt on its validity.
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Op. 21, d. 275, l. 147). RGAE, f. 8592, op. 2, d. 754, l. 84, 128, 162–3. Trud, 10 April, 14 April, 13 July, 23 November, 30 November, 14 December 1946. Trud, 30 November, 3 December, 19 December 1946, and 28 January 1947; Za sovetskuyu malolitrazhku, 29 October 1946; Stalinets (Rostsel mash), 21 December 1946. RGAE, f. 1884, op. 31, d. 6585, l. 231–2, 247–54; d. 6588, l. 80, 86–7; d. 7878, l. 49, 51–2; d. 7882, l. 66–7; d. 8317, l. 1. 22 Soviet workers and late Stalinism many soldiers were also Party members no doubt lent such efforts even greater urgency.
Rebuilding the workforce 25 coal industry was ﬁrst proposed by Kruglov, head of the MVD, in late 1946. Under the scheme 120,000 prisoners were to go to the coal mines and 55,000 to construction in the coal and oil industries, although we do not know how many prisoners were eventually involved. They were obliged to work at their assigned enterprise for at least ﬁve years; if they absconded from their job or committed any other offence they were to be returned to a labour camp, where they would serve out the unexpired period of their sentence, plus any new sentence associated with the crime they had just committed.
Punishment of petty theft from industrial enterprises was now increased from one year’s imprisonment to seven. 41 Their victims were primarily workers and peasants. Although at ﬁrst glance we might intuitively assume that the laws had been introduced primarily as a weapon against the peasantry, this was not strictly so. Looking ﬁrst at the law against theft of state property, only in 1947, the actual famine year, did collective farmers outnumber workers among its victims. Thereafter the number of workers represented a larger share of convictions, although after the end of rationing in 1948 and the growing importance of graft and embezzlement, clerical employees became even more prominent than workers.