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GOVERNMENT AND MINERS' DEMANDS

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AMAZING CONDITIONS ON RUSSIAN…

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AMAZING CONDITIONS ON RUSSIAN RAILWAYS. I The recent railway disasters in Russia have exposed the miserable con- ditions under which the railway em- ployees in Russia must work. These workers are subject to the arbitrariness of their "superiors" in regard to com- mon rights, whilst they have to suffer much at the hands of the railway police. The despotism of the latter is so great that not only the lower officials and workers fall victims to it; espionage is rife and much depends whether the I officials and workers make a sufficient display of humility. The president of the Nationalist Federation, the Minis- ter Ruchlow, was responsible for the following utterance: "Drive politics out of the service and encourage patriot- ism." And now as to the economic condi- tions of the workers. We take the fol- lowing from an article in the Liberal press: A signalman received 15 roubles per month (1 rouble—2s. 2d.) a station watchman, 12 roubles, a woman work- ing on level crossing, 4 roubles; per- manent-way men, 12 to 16 roubles. A slight increase has taken place lately as there was a great scarcity of work- ers in the branch. The fluctuation among the lower officials is enormous. During the last five years the whole staff has been renewed. The security of goods is entrusted to officials who had no previous knowledge of the work, who are paid like beggars, who are beaten and have to put up with the worst of maltreatment, men who have no in- terest for their work, who have, for the most part, accidently fallen into their position and regard the same only as a, passing employment. The new Sick and Insurance Act does not extend to the railwaymen, and in the case of accidents or disablement through injuries sustained in the exe- cution of his duty, the injured person has to claim for compensation tlirough the law courts. ——————

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