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From 50 Years Ago: Prices, Productivity and Prosperity.

Letter from Moscow: Samar Sen, from Vol XII, No 18, April 30, 1960.

Shorter working hours are becoming a reality for more and more people in the Soviet Union every day. A little over 13 million workers and employees are already working seven to six hours. The change-over will be completed this year. And in 1964 will begin the transition to a six and a five-hour working day. Production has not suffered. In the Magnitogorsk metallurgical base people have been working an hour less for the last three years. But labour productivity and income have risen. In the first year of the Seven Year Plan labour productivity in the enterprises was 15.6 per cent higher than before the introduction of the shorter work-ing day. Each blast-furnace worker now smelts ten tons more iron every month than three years ago. The Seven Year Plan envis-ages a rise of 45 to 50 per cent in industrial labour productivity... All workers throughout the Soviet Union are determined to produce more this month to celebrate the birthday of Lenin, who once said: ‘Socialism shortens the working day and leads the masses to a new life’.

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