By Simon Clarke

Labour relatives in Transition offers a special perception into the realities of Russian business agencies within the transition interval because it impacts staff at the store ground. in keeping with a different collaborative programme of ethnographic and case research learn, this quantity comprises unique paintings by means of Western and Russian students concentrating on the restructuring of wages, employment and business family members, and the way staff have answered to those alterations. in addition to providing pioneering research of exchange unions and business clash, Labour relatives in Transition addresses altering prestige hierarchies in the group, the location of girls in creation, the method of financial ruin, and insider and outsider keep watch over. this can be the 3rd quantity within the sequence administration and in Russia and may be welcomed via sociologists and Russian experts for addressing modern Labour-Management kin in the context of the altering value of labor and paintings kinfolk within the lives of Russian staff.

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The authors suggest that this rapid politicisation of the strike came about because the trade union organisation in Sudzhenskaya mine was almost completely defunct and, where it was active, was merely a branch of the mine administration. This created the space in which a strike committee could emerge to lead the strike, of which Zhirinovskii’s representative could take control. The distinctive feature of Anzhero-Sudzhensk is that it had been relatively little touched by previous phases of development of the miners’ movement so that the Independent Miners’ Union, which elsewhere has provided an alternative channel of worker mobilisation and a stimulus to the regeneration of the official union, had never established a foothold.

NEW TENDENCIES IN THE WAGES SYSTEM It should be said at the start that some of the tendencies noted below are typical of the majority of enterprises, while some are characteristic only of enterprises which were pioneers of privatisation, of which Plastmass is one. In the majority of the enterprises in which we have carried out research, one of the first steps taken by management after privatisation is the creation of a new wages system which, above all, 41 42 Labour Relations in Transition introduces a significant degree of differentiation in payment between workers, line managers, staff specialists and senior managers.

The distinctive feature of Anzhero-Sudzhensk is that it had been relatively little touched by previous phases of development of the miners’ movement so that the Independent Miners’ Union, which elsewhere has provided an alternative channel of worker mobilisation and a stimulus to the regeneration of the official union, had never established a foothold. The important role of an alternative channel of representation is brought out by the underground miners’ strikes studied by Petr Bizyukov, both of which were led by activists from the Independent Miners’ Union, and which followed a much more organised and institutionalised course.

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