V. I.   Lenin

Book Review: Labour Protection Exhibits

Labour Protection Exhibits at the All-Russia Hygiene Exhibition in St. Petersburg in 1913.
St. Petersburg 1913. Pp. 78. Price not indicated.

Published: Prosveshcheniye No. 1, January 1914. Signed: V. I.. Published according to the text in Prosveshcheniye.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1972, Moscow, Volume 20, page 89.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs and The Late Joe Fineberg
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This extremely useful book briefly catalogues the material on labour protection exhibited at the All-Russia Hygiene Exhibition. It contains a vast amount of valuable statistical data on a number of questions affecting the lives of the workers, such as the number of workers employed in various industries, female and child labour, the working day and wages, sanitary conditions and labour protection, sickness and mortality among the workers, alcoholism, workers’ insurance, and so on and so forth.

Appended is an excellent index to the literature on labour protection.

The absence, in many cases, of absolute figures (only percentages are given) is a shortcoming of the book, as is the absence of a general subject index that would enable the reader quickly to find the data he needed on different questions.

It would be desirable to have these faults eliminated in subsequent editions. All who are interested in the labour question, and all trade unions, insurance and other working-class organisations, will undoubtedly avail themselves of this book. Subsequent editions can and should make this book a systematic catalogue of material on questions concerning the conditions and protection of labour in Russia.


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