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Pete Glatter

Russian Lessons

(January 2000)

From Letters, Socialist Worker, No.1681, 29 January 2000, p.6.
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WORKERS AT at the Vyborgskii paper plant in St Petersburg, Russia, are ending their protest after winning concessions from the plant’s owner, UK-based ALCEM. Union representative Pavel Privalov told reporters that ALCEM has pledged to preserve all jobs and pay wages of not less than 2,500 roubles (£55) a month. In return, workers will allow the new owners to take over the plant. Last October justice ministry troops stormed the plant and opened fire on workers who had barricaded themselves in the administration building to prevent the mill’s foreign owners from assuming control. The example shows that even in the face of such methods workers can make gains by standing together.

PETE GLATTER, South London

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