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V. I. Lenin

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF
THE TRADE UNIONS
UNDER THE NEW ECONOMIC POLICY

DECISION OF THE C.C., R.C.P.(B.), JANUARY 12, 1922


 

Written December 30,
1921-January 4, 1922
 
Published in Pravda No. 12,
January 17, 1922

Published according to
the newspaper text
checked with
the manuscript
 


 
From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1966

Vol. 33, pp. 188-96.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by David Skvirsky
and George Hanna


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@marx2mao.org (July 1999)


THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE TRADE UNIONS UNDER THE
NEW ECONOMIC POLICY  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


184

1.

The New Economic Policy and the Trade Unions .   .   .

184

2.
 

State Capitalism in the Proletarian State and the
Trade Unions .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


185

3.
 

The State Enterprises That Are Being Put on a Profit
Basis and the Trade Unions   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


185

4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Essential Difference Between the Class Struggle
of the Proletariat in a State Which Recognises Private
Ownership of the Land, Factories, etc., and Where Pol-
itical Power Is in the Hands of the Capitalist Class,
and the Economic Struggle of the Proletariat in a
State Which Does not Recognise Private Ownership of
the Land and the Majority of the Large Enterprises
and Where Political Power Is in the Hands of the Pro-
letariat .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
186

5.

Reversion to Voluntary Trade Union Membership .  .   .

188

6.

The Trade Unions and the Management of Industry .   .

188

7.
 
 

The Role and Functions of the Trade Unions in the
Business and Administrative Organisations of the
Proletarian State   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


 
189

8.
 

Contact With the Masses -- the Fundamental Condi-
tion for All Trade Union Activity   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


192

9.
 

The Contradictions in the Status of the Trade Unions
Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat .  .   .   .   .


193

10.

The Trade Unions and the Specialists .   .   .   .   .   .

194

  11.
 

The Trade Unions and Petty-Bourgeois Influence on
the Working Class  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


195


NOTES




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    NOTES

      [47] The role and tasks of the trade unions under the conditions created by the New Economic Policy were examined at a Plenary Meeting of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on December 28, 1921. The draft of the decision on the trade unions adopted by the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) was written by Lenin.
        The theses of January 12, 1922 were examined by the Political Bureau of the Central Committee which unanimously approved them and submitted them without amendments to the Eleventh Party Congress. They were unanimously passed at that Congress (see KPSS v rezolyutsiakh i resheniyakh syezdov, konferentsi i plenumov Ts.K. [C.P.S.U. in Resolutions and Decisions of Congresses, Conferences and C.C. Plenary Meetings ], Part 1, 1954, pp. 603-12).    [p. 184]