MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Organisations



Shiroki (Broad) Socialists

A rightwing trend within the pre-WWI Bulgarian Social-Democratic Party.


Shop stewards committees

Elected labor organizations in various industries, which were particularly widespread during the first world war. Unlike trade unions who pursued a policy of peace during the war and renounced the tactic of strikes, the shop stewards committees refused to compromise the tactics and principles of the working-class, leading strikes and carrying on antiwar propaganda. By 1916 shop stewards committees united with the workers' committees on a national level.

After the October revolution, during the Civil War , the shop stewards committees actively supported Soviet Russia. Many leaders of the shop stewards committees (William Gallacher, Harry Pollitt, Arthur McManus and others) joined the Communist Party.