Uralvagonzavod opens trade union exhibition

April 24, 2015. Uralvagonzavod Corporation’s head plant is now hosting an exhibition dedicated to the plant trade union’s 80th anniversary, the corporation’s press service reports.

‘The plant’s trade union is the largest one in the machine-building sector. The union was set up in 1922 when the construction of the industrial giant started; the first Collective Agreement was signed in 1933, and the first committee was selected at the trade union meeting in May 1935, which date is considered to mark the establishment of the union,’ the press service says.

The opening page of the plant’s first Collective Agreement is the first exhibit on display. The document informs the visitors that the trade union’s tasks in the thirties were to fight illiteracy, provide good living conditions for the workers, and coordinate skills contests. A social security committee was active at the time, helping the needy, single mothers, very large families, and those in dire straits. Plenty of other committees were at work as well, and many of them are still operating at the plant. A special emphasis is made on the women’s movement. Dating back to 1933, the movement is still a large part of the workers’ life, as 49.9% of the plant’s employees are female.

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