Working and living conditions under the Five-Year Plans: the quicksand society and solving labour problems

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The 'quicksand society'

  • The majority of new workers were peasants: by 1932, 50% of the labour force was made up of peasants
  • If the peasants could find a better offer of work, lodgings and food elsewhere, they moved on
  • There was a phenomenal turnover of labour: in the coal industry in 1930, the average worker moved jobs 3 times a year
  • Ex-peasants found it difficult to adapt to factory work as they lacked basic skills of timekeeping and punctuality
  • In 1931, it was estimated that less than 7% of

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