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On the remuneration of workers and employees of enterprises listed in a special list of the Council of Labor and Defense, as well as those transferred to collective supply. ( Izv. No. 267, S. U. 76‐617 ). 

Article No. 617.

Decree of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars.

In amending the Decree of the Council of Labor and Defense on the collective supply of workers and employees of some state enterprises of June 17, 1921, the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars decides:

At the enterprises listed in the list of enterprises approved by the Labor and Defense Council, as well as at enterprises transferred to collective wages by the Collective Supply Commission, introduce the following system of supplying workers and employees with wages as an experiment.

1.                   Personal supply according to cards, lists, etc., as well as in kind bonuses in the previously established procedure for all employees of the said enterprises and personal supply of all dependent family members are canceled.

Note . The maintenance of children who have received earlier rationing supplies is included in wages. The supply of residential premises and their equipment, water, lighting and other state services temporarily, pending the issuance of special decrees, is carried out on the same basis.

2.                   All supplies specified in art. 1 persons, both as food and industrial items serving personal consumption, and in banknotes are produced exclusively as wages.

3.                   The number of products and banknotes issued to pay wages to workers and employees of each enterprise is allocated for each enterprise as a whole, that is, collectively for all its workers and employees, and is determined by the estimate for wages, calculated according to the number of products.

4.                   The estimated annual fund is calculated as follows: 1) the maximum production target of the enterprise is reduced to the main accounting unit; 2) according to the pre‐war production rates, the normal staff is established, which is necessary for the production of the main unit of products, and if it is necessary to change the set rates, appropriate technical justifications must be submitted; 3) the standardized staff required to fulfill the accounting unit is reduced to man‐months of the simplest labor (workers of the 1st category); 4) the number of personmonths of the simplest labor required for an accounting unit of products is multiplied by the number of accounting units throughout the entire production program and 5) the entire fund is determined by multiplying the rate of the 1st category worker at the new rate by the number of accounting person‐months for the entire production program ...

Note . The All‐Russian Central Council of Trade Unions is instructed in three months to revise, from the point of view of experience, this system of calculating collective supply funds, and the State General Planning Commission to give its opinion.

5.                   The estimate for wages is calculated by the factory management or the relevant economic body based on the maximum production of products by the enterprise, in accordance with 4 of this Regulation.

6.                   The collective supply fund includes all types of supplies provided to workers and employees, ie, food, wages, housing, etc.

7.                   For each enterprise, the Central Labor Supply Commission reserves a food fund, calculated by multiplying the food ration, including the existing payments to family members of workers (dependents, children) for the total amount of person‐months for the entire production program.

8.                   The amount of the companyʹs wages does not decrease, even if the number of employees has decreased due to the better organization of the case, and wages are paid to the company in accordance with the results of its work, and not with the number of employees included in its list.

9.                   The distribution of the entire wages of the enterprise between its individual employees is made on the grounds specified in

Art. Art. 10‐12 of this Resolution.

10.                The received monthly assignment on account of wages is issued by the plant management to employees in full only if 100% of its monthly production program is fulfilled.

If fewer percentages of the program are fulfilled, the amount of products issued to actual employees of the enterprise on account of wages for a given month also decreases to the same extent, and the surplus is set off by the plant management when issuing a monthly appointment for the next month.

Note . In especially respectful individual cases (flood, etc.), the Labor Rationing Department of the All‐Russian Central Council of Trade Unions, by agreement with the Central Commission for Workersʹ Supply, is granted permission, in case of non‐fulfillment of all 100% of the program, to leave a percentage of products higher than the amount due for the work performed.

11.                For the distribution of the grocery and monetary parts of wages between individual employees of the enterprise, workers and employees are divided, by agreement between the plant management and the local body of the Trade Union, into ranks in accordance with the instructions issued by the Labor Rationing Department of the AllRussian Central Council of Trade Unions, and the current tariff system can be changed.

12.                The plant management, with the approval of the Price Committee, has the right to increase by 5% the total number of both cash and food rations calculated by it for the distribution of these additional rations among those workers and employees of the enterprise who will show deserving work diligence.

13.                Percentage deduction from current production, introduced for this enterprise in accordance with the decree of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars of May 17 on the procedure for deduction to the in‐kind bonus fund (No. 45, Art. 224 ), is distributed among individual employees in the form of a special bonus according to the rules issued for the implementation of the said Decree.

14.                The Peopleʹs Commissariat of Food, the Workersʹ Supply Commission, the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Finance and their bodies ensure the supply of food and monetary rations designated for the issuance of the collective payment 100% by allocating special funds from the amounts.

15.                The All‐Russian Central Council of Trade Unions and the Central Commission for Workersʹ Supply are responsible for coordination with the departments concerned and the publication of instructions and rules and the resolution of issues related to this Resolution.

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 .

November 10, 1921.

Published in No. 267 Izvestia of the All‐Russian Central Executive

Committee of Soviets dated November 27, 1921.