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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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1920, No. 15, article 91 

Resolution of the Council of Workers ʹand Peasantsʹ Defense.

On the order of registration and use of workers of closing enterprises.

In order to use the labor force of enterprises closing or reducing their production, the Workers ʹand Peasantsʹ Defense Council decides:

1.                   Each enterprise, in the event of a complete or temporary cessation or reduction of production, is obliged to notify the local subdivision of accounting and distribution of labor of the Labor Department two weeks in advance or, in any case, immediately upon receiving information about the stoppage of the enterprise.

Businesses not currently operating are required to submit information in accordance with 2 of this regulation within one week from the

date of publication of the regulation by the local Executive Committee.

2.                   The notification to the subdivisions of accounting and distribution of labor must indicate:

a)   the exact number of released workers by profession, category and gender;

b)  the time from which the workers are released;

c)   whether the workers are supposed to be settled permanently or temporarily released (in the latter case, indicate the period for which the workers are released);

d)  reasons for closure.

3.     Allowing workers to leave the enterprise, dismissing them on vacation in the event of a temporary interruption of work, or final settlement in the event of a reduction or complete shutdown of enterprises cannot occur without the knowledge and authorization of the local subdivision of labor accounting and distribution.

4.     The order of distribution and use is carried out in accordance with the instructions of the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor and Social Security.

5.     Workers who, without good reason, refuse to transfer to another enterprise or even from any work proposed by the subdivision of accounting and distribution of labor, are certainly deprived of the compensation they follow for the downtime or closure of the enterprise and are forced to work, in accordance with the instructions of the People Commissariat of Labor and Social Security.

6.     About the beginning of the resumption of work, if the stoppage of production was temporary, the enterprise must inform the local subdivision of labor accounting and distribution in advance.

7.     Enforcement of this resolution and its exact implementation is entrusted to the subdivision of accounting and distribution of labor and the administrative bodies of the enterprise, making them responsible for non‐compliance and violation of it.

8.     The Peopleʹs Commissariat of State Control and its local authorities should immediately check with regard to non‐working enterprises whether this resolution has been implemented, and henceforth establish effective control over its implementation. With regard to enterprises that do not comply with the regulation, the State Audit Office must immediately inform the local subdivisions of accounting and distribution of labor in order to bring the perpetrators to justice in the manner specified in paragraph 9 of this regulation. Bodies of the State Audit Office can approve allotments for the leave of amounts for the payment of salaries to workers of non‐working enterprises only in cases where the orders of the subdivision of accounting and distribution of labor force regarding the use of workers in closed enterprises are followed.

9.     The Main Committee for the implementation of universal labor service and its local bodies are charged with the obligation to prosecute all those who violate and fail to comply with this resolution on the proposal of the Department of Accounting and Distribution of Labor and its local bodies.

10.  A similar resolution of the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor of July

11, 1919 is hereby annulled.

Signed by:

Chairman of the Council of Workers ʹand Peasantsʹ Defense V.

Ulyanov (Lenin).

Secretary L. Fotieva .

March 5, 1920.

Published in No. 53 of Izvestia of the All‐Russian Central Executive

Committee of Soviets dated March 9, 1920.