Soviet Union: Workers of the World: Strike!

Workers of the World: Strike!

According to Marxist-Leninist dogma, Soviet workers have no reason to strike because they live in a proletarian paradise. That has not, however, stopped the working masses in the world's oldest socialist state from occasionally walking out.

Last week Moscow decided to drop the ideological baggage and proposed a new law that for the first time would allow the country's normally docile labor unions, to which more than 90% of all Soviet workers belong, the right to strike. The law is expected to be enacted later this year.

The government's action is partly a result of increased work disruptions under Mikhail Gorbachev's...

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