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From the Collection of enactment and decrees of the government for 1921, Administration of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR

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About bonuses in kind to workers. ( Izv. No. 70, S. U. 28‐156 ). 

Article 156.

Decree of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars.

The Council of Peopleʹs Commissars decided:

Introduce, in the form of experience for workers in some of the most important branches of industry, a bonus in kind by giving workers a portion of the products they produce for exchange for agricultural products on the following grounds:

Art. I. In addition to cash payment, to introduce bonuses in kind to workers and employees of enterprises by deducting by a separate enterprise a part of the manufactured goods to a special fund of inkind bonuses for this enterprise. The size of this deduction at each given enterprise is established depending on the productivity of labor at it and on the actual delivery of products by the enterprise to the state.

Art. II. The special fund of in‐kind bonuses formed by the enterprise by means of deducting manufactured goods is transferred by the plant management to the local cooperative association of workers and is used exclusively to meet the needs of the workers of this enterprise.

Note 1 . The question of whether the fund is transferred to a factory, district, city‐wide or province‐wide cooperative must be resolved by the local workersʹ organizations themselves, depending on local conditions and indications of exchange experience, price inflation, competition, etc.

Note 2 . For each worker is credited and is at his complete disposal that share of the bonus in kind, which exactly corresponds to his individual productivity.

Art. III. The workers of this enterprise from the above fund can receive the following share of the product, either in the products of their production, within the limits of personal consumption, or the products obtained by the cooperative through exchange.

Art. IV. For in‐kind remuneration of the workers of those enterprises that produce items that cannot be exchanged, it is allowed, with the permission of local economic bodies, to produce consumer goods at these enterprises in separate shops, on free machines at non‐working hours, as well as by allocating special groups for this purpose. workers, etc. The condition for this assumption is the collective responsibility of the workers that the productivity of the enterprise as a whole does not decrease.

Art. V. The rates and procedure for deducting products to the in‐kind fund are established by the All‐Russian Central Council of Trade Unions by agreement with the Supreme Council of the National Economy and approved by the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars.

Signed by:

Chairman of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars V. Ulyanov (Lenin).

N. Gorbunov, Administrator of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars .

L. Fotieva, Secretary of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars .

April 7, 1921.

Published in No. 70 Izvestia of the All‐Russian Central Executive

Committee of Soviets dated April 9, 1921.