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V. I. Lenin

THE NEW FACTORY LAW

Written in exile in summer 1897      
Appendix written in autumn 1897      
Published in pamphlet form      
in Geneva in 1899      

Published acording
to the 1899 edition
 
 

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1972

First printing 1960
Second printing 1963
Third printing 1972

Vol. 2, pp. 267-315.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by George Hanna


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@cruzio.com (May 1998)

THE NEW FACTORY LAW[97]

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Why Was the New Factory Law Passed?  .   .   .   .   .   .
What Should Be Considered Working Time?  .   .   .   .   .
To What Extent Does the New Law Reduce Working
Hours? .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .
What Does the Law Consider "Night-Time" for the
Workers?    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .
How Does the Ministry of Finance Try to Prove That to
Restrict Overtime Would be "Unfair" to the Worker? .   .
What Power Does the New Law Grant the Ministers? .   .
How Our "Christian" Government Curtails the Workers'
Holidays  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .
How Is the Observance of the New Law Gauranteed?  .   .
Will the New Law Improve the Workers' Condition?   .   .
What Is the Significance of the New Law?  .   .   .   .   .

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NOTES



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NOTES

  [97] Lenin wrote the pamphlet The New Factory Law in the summer of 1897 while in exile in Siberia, and the supplement in the autumn of the same year. Judging from P. B. Axelrod's preface to the first edition of Lenin's pamphlet The Tasks of the Russian Social Democrats, the manuscript of the pamphlet appeared abroad only in autumn 1898. It was printed in 1899 in Geneva by the Emancipation of Labour group at the press of The League of Russian Social-Democrats.    [pág. 267]

  [98] Lenin refers to the notices that appeared at the beginning of January 1897 in all St. Petersburg spinning and weaving mills introducing the 11 1/2-hour working day as from April 16 (28), i.e, shortly before May Day (April 19), the day of the international solidarity of the working people of all countries.    [pág. 271]

  [99] Vestnik Finansov, Promyshlennosti i Torgovli (Finance, Industry and Trade Herald ) -- a weekly journal published by the Ministry of Finance in St. Petersburg from November 1883 to 1917 (until January 1885 it was called Ukazatel Pravitelstvennykh Rasporyazheny po Ministerstvu Finansov  [Record of Government Instructions‹Ministry of Finance ]). Government regulations, economic articles and reviews were published in its columns.    [pág. 275]

  [100] Lenin paraphrases I. A. Krylov's fable "The Lion's Share."    [pág. 313]