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Soviet Russia: an investigation by British women trade unionists, April to July, 1925 - Image 101. 1925. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5543/show/5532.

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(1925). Soviet Russia: an investigation by British women trade unionists, April to July, 1925 - Image 101. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5543/show/5532

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Title Soviet Russia: an investigation by British women trade unionists, April to July, 1925
Contributor (Local)
  • British Women Trade Unionist Delegation
Publisher W. P. Coates
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1925
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Labor unions
  • Women
  • Economics
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Social conditions
  • Employment
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
  • Image
Original Item Extent xxi, 88 pages, 1 leaf including frontispiece, illustrations, portraits, facsimiles folded plates; 26 cm
Original Item Location DK265.B67385
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8302907~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript D. : " How do you like your work here ? " W.W. : " It is very hard." D. : " What did you do before you started work at this factory ? " W.W. : " I lived with my parents in the country." D. : " Do you earn enough to live comfortably ? " W.W. : " The wages are too low." D. : " What are they ? " Here a number of women showed their wages books, and we saw that the wages averaged from 45 to 50 roubles per month (£4 15s. to £5 7s.) D. : " Are they any higher than a couple of years ago ? " W.W. : " I was not here then." W.W. 2 : " I have worked here for three years, and both the wages and the conditions at the factory are much better than they were when I first started." D. : " How many hours a day do you work ? " W.W. : " Eight hours." D. : " Are you going to have a summer holiday ? " W.W. : " Yes, three weeks." D. : " Will vou get your wages ? " W.W. : " Yes." 1). : " What, apart from low wages, do you complain of here ? " W.W. : " Well, the most important thing is that we have not got from the forewomen overalls to protect our clothes." W.W. 2 : " I have my overalls all right." We appealed to a forewoman and to a trade union representative who was at the other end of the room to explain the matter, the girls repeating their complaints freely, and even more vigorously than they had done to us alone. It was then admitted by the forewoman that not everyone had received overalls. This was due to the fact that the management could not yet afford to supply all the special clothing required and consequently those engaged in the dirtiest work had been supplied first— this was corroborated by a number of workers who had collected around us. The others, whose work was comparatively not so dirty, would be supplied with overalls, &c., as soon as possible. We also learnt that those engaged in the more unhealthy sections of the factory are having five weeks' summer holiday. It may be stated here that generally speaking it was very rare for a man or woman worker who had already been at work before the Revolution to be other than enthusiastic about the improvements that had taken place since the Revolution, but we did meet now and again with girls from the villages who had only started working a year or so ago, and who, not knowing what conditions were like in the past, complained that their work was hard and their wages low. But we found that in every case the general conditions were actually far better than they had been for the same class of work before the Revolution. The wages were sometimes lower than pre-war, especially in the case of the men, though rarely in the case of the women, but in all cases there had been a marked improvement during the last two years. Moreover it was generally conceded by the workers that the comparatively low wages were more than made up for by the other advantages they enjoyed. (85)