Controlling Soviet Labour: Experimental Change from Brezhnev by Bob Arnot (auth.)

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In fact, what they do is simply reproduce the functionalism of their Soviet counterparts and state: It is certainly not the case that with the development of socialism the working class becomes a unitary and undifferentiated group. Social stratification arises from the division of labour, which gives rise to an occupational structure. The division of work activity involves specialised and different social functions and qualitative differences between groups playing specified roles (p. 6). By the end of this paragraph the concept of class has disappeared.

This may operate upon line speeds, manning 42 Social Relations of Production and Economic Problems levels or any other aspect of the labour process. The firm would find that the labour time necessary to produce the particular commodity would exceed the average socially necessary labour time. This expended labour power would not be reflected in the value of the commodity and the firm would find surplus labour-time, surplus value and profit all reduced. This decline of profitability, with respect to its more managerially aggressive competitors, would eventually lead to the firm being driven from the market, either by failure or takeover.

Moreover, the location, either geogra- 34 Social Relations of Production and Economic Problems phically or between enterprises, is subject to control. For example, some cities have restricted access and the internal passport system can be used to control the freedom of movement of workers. Movement between enterprises and branches has and can be controlled. For example, movement out of the military production sector can be difficult. The record of the worker's performance in his work book can also be used for control purposes.

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