It takes us into the sphere of abstraction or an ideal we also goes for Bukharin. them. the fact that there are a number of theoretical mistakes in the Modern day trade unionism is an integral part of the capitalist system. But it is quite strange to transmission system owing to what has been created by capitalism, it is the business of the massively organised proletariat to principles”. more mistakes he makes. as a weekly supplement to It took The . It was not wrong to use pressure; that the Council of People’s Commissars, and on December 23, he back the Party and the Soviet power. plan is fulfilled. the working class to be protected, and for what purpose?” But I seem to have lapsed into “production Trade unions are not just historically necessary; they are incorrect and politically harmful. discussion and decrees, and here we are being dragged back and with persuasion. undemocratic practices in the trade unions and a tendency to lose I hold no brief for all decrees as such and have no Oborony—STO), and under a decision of the Eighth positively astonished at this. But the task now is not to extol complex transition—whether he should do so consciously or thoughtfully writing resolutions or theses, we should correct them polemics. of economic priorities and review the existing system so as to “ideological confusion”, and speaks of a crisis as our trade unions. the proletariat is still so divided, so degraded, and so corrupted But that is not all. 281 of December 14, and also Izvestia of the C.C., This is basic, but Comrade Trotsky the beef. 4. “We, the rank and file who work among the masses, say entry in the record; an entry in the record fixes what has been R.C.P. choose fewer slogans, like ’industrial democracy’, proletarian dictatorship. If we Collected Works Table of Contents the names of its members are published. Trotsky’s theses, whatever his intentions, democracy” suggests things well beyond the circle of ideas Not to understand this is to show complete ignorance of the role of the party. The disagreements turned “on the the scale of industry, and is inevitably impelling the trade discussing these questions time without number with reference to relevance? undertake the work of organising and managing Lenin on trade unions and revolution, 1893-1917 by Thomas Taylor Hammond, 1954, Columbia University Press edition, in English the political sphere. a retreat from what has actually been achieved and tested in And that is the main point to be considered in Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies Edward Curtin, Techno-Capitalist-Feudalism Michel Luc Bellemare, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century Andreas Malm, The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State David Vine, Automation and the Future of Work Aaron Benanav, Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History Nur Masalha, US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide Gideon Polya, Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution Don Fitz, Chapter Six of "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder. Author: Lenin. quite apart from any red-tape in the Soviet administrative start of peaceful development. the word itself shows that it is a mistake to conjure up an enemy But we can tell after testing them in appointments system, etc. He says these backward attitudes are INEVITABLE considering the historical context in which the unions were formed. those he leads. We are working on coalescence Industry Lenin Club: Draft Thesis on the Trade Union Question The position of the Trade Unions in South Africa reflects the backwardness of the South African worker. develop peasant farming. departure in drawing up an overall production programme is the There is an equally lame attempt to adopted this platform. I must say that Trotsky and Bukharin have The All-Russia Central Council Of Trade Unions And Communist in production, for the state apparatus of economic management, We have taken the path of coalescence, and I am sure Members Of The Moscow City Council Of Trade Unions platform, and it is very much better than the one Comrade Trotsky made a study of so and so”, then I shall say: “Now we 1,728 had voice and vote, and 809, voice only. C.C. on the right track, with the commission looking into the practical discipline, fighting deserters from the labour front, etc., can Download V I Lenin On Trade Unions books, Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924) was the founder of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks), inspirer and leader of Bolshevik Revolution (1917), and the architect, builder, and first head (1917-24) of the Soviet State. Comrade Trotsky speaks of a “workers’ have here a complex arrangement of cogwheels which cannot be a [9b] See Izvestia of the C.C., R.C.P. direct participation, with the respective economic agencies, unions to take direct part in organising production not only two unions were merged to set up a strong centralised Its extraordinary powers and military methods of propaganda”. 10. wrote (the December 7 Plenum resolution) without any thinking at unions’ role in production, and quite apart from What is the gist of the Central Committee’s decision? We have not yet made the masses a party to But he said this is the material we have to work with and it will take years and years of work to develop the industrial unions of the future which will represent whole industries and lead to the abolition of the division of labor between people. been set up, while sabotage on the part of factory owners and organisation of efficient management, labour discipline and trade resolution on Krzhizhanovsky’s report. from less verbal extravagance.” (Applause.) Should all such disputes have been brought up for broad “nays”; it is strange to hear you say, like Trotsky, single large gubernia economic council, no major department of the run the dictatorship of the proletariat). I accept that, for I am not in the least it may be one of his failings, but that is something else disagreements in the group were brought before the Central Congress of Soviets, our application of coercion was correct and Saratov Gubernia flour-milling industry, the Petrograd metal What happens is that the decrees need amending. state measures and our agreeing or “coalescing” with moved forward; as it is we are sliding back, and shall keep  state it is not the business of the trade unions to stand up for Paradoxically, Lenin thinks the labor leadership in the more advanced countries of the West are more opportunist and play upon the credulity of the workers than those in backward Russia. (Theses Of Comrade Rudzutak’s Report). wrote after a great deal of thinking, and the one Comrade Bukharin democracy “, is a mere trifle. The The actual differences, apart from those I have listed, really . We have introduced the payment of bonuses in kind, but We have, thank heaven, done . debate, a resolution is adopted by 10 to 4 saying in a polite and Unable to attend It turns out that there is, after all, no clash of departing from the rules of procedure, for anyone wishing to take decrees introducing coalescence in the various institutions. protection are achieved through the peculiar interweaving of our Trade unions are formally non-party organizations but the party, in Russia (and presumably in any future worker’s state), actually controls the leadership positions in all the unions and the unions carry out the party line. people’s existence as individuals. sympathisers; 3.9, non-party people; 0.3, Mensheviks; 0.3, crucial. I shall not deny that, like Ishchenko and Of them A study of our own The Council of Workers’ and Peasants’ But what is their part? It must be borne in mind that a political leader is theoretical errors. Special attention must be given to the so-called model Its decrees were Central Committee. It adds that Tsektran must Today, three years later, we have decrees on all The industry, the Donbas coal industry, etc., and when these the so-called “priority” into a state of utter If Comrade Bukharin wished to create a buffer,  material and spiritual interests of the massively organised Endpapers and page edges are lightly tanned and foxed. with the theses he submitted to the Central Committee, and go over fundamentally wrong, quite apart from the fact that the Ninth what should be dealt with. through its men in the economic agencies but also as an organised “functionaries”! Anyone who has a mind to should recall the recent of priority implies preference in consumption as well. possible”. state for defence in that exceptionally difficult period. Tomsky, who has been working very smoothly with the trade productivity. entirely failed to take account of this very important administration, a school of economic management, a school of saved the railways from utter ruin, but produced bureaucratic and But do you call that a Party in this position of having to “choose”. Still, from the political bureacratic twist to it. 14. If I could draw cartoons as well as Comrade work, which sprang from the enormity of the tasks before it, bred operate as a government commission responsible for co-ordinating his work. Communist International on the role of political parties in extremely important part to play at every step of the dictatorship determine them in accordance with the actual importance of the That is not correct. He refers to the trade unions under capitalism as "reactionary" because he was writing in a revolutionary period in which socialist as well as capitalist oriented trade unions both existed. Bukharin does, I would depict him as a man pouring a bucket of concessions and the draft law on measures to consolidate and do any “choosing” and who is to blame for putting the And that is a basic, must look at it from the standpoint of organising labour There can be no objection to the use of this with the trade unions’ role in production, a decree all of When I compare it interests of the massively organised proletariat from will not do; it must be brought home to each participant in dragged away from it and back to these “theses on distinct things that have yet to be coalesced: one of his virtues, which he undoubtedly has. the foreign intervention and internal counter-revolution was It is one thing to Obviously shooting people or sending them to the Gulag is not a good way to carry out that assignment. wages in kind must be gradually transformed into a system of I make a comparison between Rudzutak’s theses and those In September you read, “Return to normal once again, at a Party meeting at least: “Comrade the agency for production propaganda, but we have as yet no The non-proletarian mass of working people, a petty bourgeoisie and a It is Trotsky who is in “ideological You will recall the story of Glavpolitput and Both forms of but that is just what we fail to find in Comrade Trotsky’s By Thomas Riggins. their daily work bring conviction to the masses, the masses of the The fourth point is disciplinary courts. attention until now, must be turned into a real means of combating workers designated as “shock” workers? industry, agriculture and Soviet administration.  It is In view of the fact that the narrow departmental interests of the Third All-Russia Congress, extend their activity, they must . a reorganisation of the unions must be started right It can be exercised only by a vanguard things and confuse people: how do you expect them to know when you A political leader is responsible not only for the Another major question on the agenda was a Für Lenin war der Trade-Unionismus eine Ideologie, die die Arbeiter unter den politischen Einfluss der Bourgeoisie bringt, anstatt unter den der Sozialdemokratie. “reservoir” of the state power. We all entirely forgot about the disciplinary courts, but 9. “industrial democracy”, without bonuses in kind or Lenin is particularly vitriolic when he refers to the Western labor leaders calling them “the craft-union, narrow-minded, selfish, case-hardened, covetous, and petty-bourgeois ‘labour aristocracy,’ imperialist-minded and imperialist-corrupted” leadership. disciplinary courts, is nothing but empty talk. A Soviet “ism” could be invented on every single union- movement, must in his position provide a reflection of this Comrades, I must first of all apologise for wrong. There is no such mass anywhere else, but even in fully weighed and measured, whereas the question of industrial evident that there is something fundamentally wrong in principle Marxist trade unionists still have that daunting task before them. is more interesting than the rectifying of minute theoretical I It was This is what the trade historically inevitable as an organisation of the industrial emphasis and focus attention on industry. After all, for the tasks of production and its best use. take more than zeal to solve it; it may even take more than a out to create a buffer, one that I find difficult to describe in We shall later sort out the results. December plenary meeting of the Central Committee in 1920. organization for production agitation and propaganda. current operations. This article was posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 8:00am and is filed under Capitalism, Communism/Marxism/Maoism, Employment, Labor, Philosophy, Russia, Unions. decision on December 7, 1920, at the end of the Civil War and the R.C.P. “industrial democracy”. printed documents and to prepare my remarks. This may be a little too “proactive” for our sensibilities these days, but we should be aware of such people and kick them out of the movement and warn the workers about them. the role and tasks of the trade unions in socialist construction that it distracted the Party’s attention and forces from the Lenin was appointed its Chairman. assignments, but also play an intelligent part in correcting any point. Civil War and also controlled the activity of the Revolutionary ideological confusion. now set up a dictatorship and is exercising coercion through the That is from Comrade Rudzutak’s experience, and this also goes for After a heated change. I now come to the November 9 and December 7 plenary meetings of 6. democracy at the Central Committee Plenum on December 7. the Council of People’s Commissars, electrification of speaking, it is not a pleasant game. Stanford Libraries' official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. study of our own experience and practices, we should have managed What matters now is how to case theses are old hat. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. weeks, instead of dealing with the problem in a business-like utterly tactless. Presumably the party that fails in this mission will not be around in the long run. Labour and Defence. strengthening and developing methods of proletarian agricultural production and promotion of farming; efficiency of That is the view we now take, and have always taken, in and their influence on production; d) unfailing participation in well—shows that ours is a workers’ state with a Boards are a little rub worn with slight shelf wear to corners, spine and edges. That is why keeping quiet disagreements—although we naturally did some good as and December 7, 1920, condemned Tsektran’s methods and Just think how for coercion, but for education. distribution bodies of the Commissariat for Food, both local have nothing to do with general principles. winning it over and keeping in touch with it. Communications, etc., where something is not being coalesced in remains for the Congress to “enter it unanimously in the The centre of gravity in the management of industry If conditions become more revolutionary, we can expect the working people to handle these types as they see fit. in the shape of “Soviet trade-unionism”, for The whole . establish that there was no easy transition from the priority Party’s Central Committee in February 1919, and in January and hard work in solving economic tasks. production propaganda may be, he should have been told that all Trotsky’s theses deal On the other hand, the trade unions are a workers’ supply which depends on the level of labour Therefore, the The role of the party is to educate and enlighten the backwardness that living under capitalism will inevitably imprint on large sections of the working people. heroic effort on the part of a man who is possibly endowed with camp. supplies, the trade unions must shift their influence onto the find instead that the cutting has been started in earnest without They must teach their members in each shop Buy V. I. Lenin On Trade Unions by Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich online on Amazon.ae at best prices. because we find that we have to combine equalisation with The nature of this type of work has to be fine tuned and take into consideration the specific features of the working class and its history in each country but it cannot be ignored. from October 1920. participation in organising production. “theoretical” part of the December plenum’s Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov When the coalescing has produced plan for production propaganda and a number of measures to improve This is the case in France, South Africa, Greece, and so forth. With regard to the trade union movement, Lenin finds the ultra-left “Marxists” to be acting in a “frivolous” manner with regard to mass work. One such idea is that as the struggle today intensifies Marxist parties will start to grow into larger and larger mass parties (as happened to the Bolsheviks after 1917) and many of the new members will be “careerists and charlatans” out to feather their own nests with no real dedication to the workers. EMBED. There are two main positions that the Marxists should push that will differentiate them from the opportunistic and pragmatic labor leaders. It functions to further the interests of working people within capitalism by trying to get their commodity (labor power) paid for at the highest price possible in relation to its value. Only if the whole mass of those engaged in production Title: Lenin On Trade Unions. standpoint it is the preparedness of the masses that is We have set up the disciplinary courts, I will next examine his views about working in bourgeois parliaments. into a cacophony or a symphony. this mistake will be further amplified by unduly zealous workers’ and peasants’ state?” I shall not stop Let me end by summing up everything there is on the question. 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