Rumania will continue to press ahead for greater industrialisation, even at the expense of improving the supply of consumer goods and food.
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Informed sources said the reported protests have been over living standards, but trouble had been contained and seemed unlikely to spread. Rumania's gross national product has been rising byu about 11.5 per cent over the past decade. The crash industrialisation programme, designed to make the country economically independent from the Soviet Union, is continuing uncharged, despite hardships, at a time when the rest of Eastern Europe is giving increased priority to raising living standards.
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Background: Rumania will continue to press ahead for greater industrialisation, even at the expense of improving the supply of consumer goods and food. Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu made this pledge at a Communist Party conference in Bucharest, the capital, on Wednesday (7 December).
SYNOPSIS: The conference hall, where 2,500 senior party officials had gathered.
President Ceausescu told them industry would continue to receive a major share of resources up to 1985. It would get one-third of national income, which is the highest economic investment in the eastern bloc. This forced pace of industrialisation has kept living standards in Rumania at austerity levels since World War Two.
The President called for production targets to be raised, and for harder work. He promised pay rises, and, starting next month, a gradual reduction of the working week from 48 to 44 hours. There would be, he said, more home-building, higher pensions and allowances, a five per cent increase in consumer goods over the targets of the five-year plan, and a freeze on rents and basic commodity prices.
The President's priorities were stated at a time when p people were debating the possible effects of a three-day stoppage of some 35,000 miners last August in the depressed Jiu valley of western Rumania. The miners gained immediate wage and pension concessions, and there have been unconfirmed reports of unrest and grievances at several industrial plants.