Workers in the soviet Union have been told to increase efficiency, stop drinking on the job and take less time off from work as part of a Government drive to improve industrial performance.
1. SV Robots in factory at Voronezh, Central Russia. (2 SHOTS) 0.13
2. CU PULL OUT TO GV Man operating computer which controls robots producing casting. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
3. GV & SVs Machines moving tin plate. (3 SHOTS) 0.35
4. GV Tomsk, Western Siberia, GV AN chemical plant. (4 SHOTS) 1.06
5. SV & GVs Mineral fertilizer factory in Angarsk man checking dials for machinery at new plant. (2 SHOTS) 1.20
6. GV Men preparing machinery GV PAN of factory. (2 SHOTS) 1.32
7. CUs Synthetic rubber being made in Tolliatti on volga River. (2 SHOTS) 1.41
8. GV & SV Completed rubber being packaged and going along conveyor belt. (3 SHOTS) 2.01
9. GV INT Oil refinery control room in Achinsk, Western Siberia. 2.06
10. GV & SV Oil plant. (6 SHOTS) 2.26
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Background: VARIOUS, USSR
Workers in the soviet Union have been told to increase efficiency, stop drinking on the job and take less time off from work as part of a Government drive to improve industrial performance. In recent moves to introduce reforms to reorganise and modernise the Soviet economy, President Yuri Andropov said there would also be a crackdown on "passivity and indiscipline", especially among the young. Mr. Andropov said Russia had reached the stage where it needed to turn its entire, huge economy into an "uninterruptedly functioning, well-adjusted mechanism". Early in august Mr. Andropov announced there would be a number of "limited experiments" and the promulgation of a new law tightening labour discipline. In a speech to party veterans at the Central Committee Mr. Andropov said that the government had "not infrequently resorted to half measures and could not overcome the accumulated inertia fast enough". although much of soviet industry operates with the latest automated technology it seems the President wants to inject it with new vigour. He has stated that significant changes would be needed by the time the Soviet economy entered its next five-year plan in 1986. He said there would have to be changes in planning, management and the economic mechanism to make up for "lost time". andropov's key to efficiency is order and discipline in production. Among the disciplinary measures will be regulations to reduce drunkeness by docking workers who drink on the job one third of their wages to pay for production losses they cause. Workers who are away from the job for more than three hours at a stretch will lose a full day from their annual leave.