By Simon Clarke, Peter Fairbrother, Vadim Borisov

Perestroika's destiny was firm via the adversarial response of the operating type. moves, protest and the terror of operating category motion had a devastating impression, but quite little is understood in regards to the workers' circulation in this interval. This e-book surveys the improvement of the hot workers' stream in Russia below perestroika to appreciate the way it attached with the employees at store flooring point and the nationwide and native political professionals to whom it addressed its calls for, and whose improvement it sought to steer. Drawing on a programme of collaborative learn on Russian business family members from 1987 to 1992, the authors use a chain of case reviews to give an explanation for the gulf among the hundreds of thousands of tiny self sufficient teams, usually established in one company or perhaps a unmarried store and local and nationwide firms and not using a grassroots base. broad interviews with members, tape and video recordings in addition to vast documentary fabric are utilized in case reports of the 1989 miners' strike in Kuzbass, the Kuzbass neighborhood Council of Workers' committees, the self sufficient Miner's Union in Kuzbass, Sotsprof in Moscow and the Federation of Air site visitors Controllers' Unions.

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Mezhdurechensk is a fairly large town, with a population of 45,000, which is almost entirely dependent on coal-mining, located in the extreme south-east of Kuzbass, with no alternative employment nearby. Moreover Mezhdurechensk is a very important base of the coal industry, producing high quality coking coal which amounts to 20 per cent of the output of Kuzbass. However, the municipal facilities in Mezhdurechensk are poor even by the standards of the region. The citizens of Mezhdurechensk blamed this largely on the fact that the city did not have its own coal association, the deep mines being part of the South Kuzbass Coal Association based in Novokuznetsk, around fifty miles away, and the large open-cast mines coming under the open-cast association based in the regional capital, Kemerovo, two hundred miles away in the north of Kuzbass.

34 The Workers’ Movement in Russia The Raspadskaya workers then sent delegates to Shevyakova. The Lenin and Tomskaya pits stopped soon after, on the morning of 11 July. Altogether ten city enterprises stopped work on the first day, with 15,900 people on strike and the city at a standstill. In the morning of 11 July, the miners at Shevyakova arranged for mine buses and electric trains (the latter are also run by the mines) to take the workers to the city square in a move which proved the decisive escalation of the strike.

Kostyukovskii arrived in Prokop’evsk late in the evening of 13 July, and immediately bumped into Naidov, whom he told about developments in Mezhdurechensk, including the workers’ demand that Naidov be called to Mezhdurechensk at once. Naidov knew about the demand, but told Kostyukovskii that the workers of Prokop’evsk did not want 50 The Workers’ Movement in Russia him to leave, and had written to the workers of Mezhdurechensk to that effect. Kostyukovskii asked Naidov, ‘“have you read the demands?

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