• Short Summary

    MR. KHRUSHCHEV, THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER, TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED SWEEPING MEASURES TO IMPROVE SOVIET LIVING?

  • Description

    MR. KHRUSHCHEV, THE SOVIET PRIME MINISTER, TODAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED SWEEPING MEASURES TO IMPROVE SOVIET LIVING STANDARDS, INCLUDING WAGE INCREASES OF UP TO 40 PER CENT FOR 18 MILLION WORKERS IN THE SOVIET PUBLIC SERVICE.

    THE SCHEMES WERE ANNOUNCED DURING AN ADDRESS AT THE OPENING OF THE JOINT SESSION OF THE SUPREME SOVIET (RUSSIA'S PARLIAMENT) IN THE KREMLIN
    IN HIS THREE AND A HALF HOUR SPEECH THE SOVIET LEADER ALSO OUTLINED A NEW NATION-WIDE PENSION SCHEME FOR COLLECTIVE FARMERS AND A PLAN TO SET UP A GRAIN RESERVE EQUAL TO AT LEAST HALF OF RUSSIA'S TOTAL GRAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR ONE YEAR.

    DURING THE MAMOTH SPEECH, THE SOVIET LEADER, DRESSED IN A GREY SUIT AND LOOKING QUITE TANNED, TOUCHED ONLY BRIEFLY ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS DECLARING THAT ANY ATTACK ON THE SOVIET UNION WOULD MEET WITH A CRUSHING REBUFF.

    THE WAGE INCREASES ANNOUNCED BY MR. K. KHRUSHCHEV WILL COST THE SOVIET TREASURY ABOUT 3 THOUSAND 300 MILLION ROUBLES (ABOUT GBP1300 MILLION STERLING) AND WILL RAISE THE SALARIES OF DOCTORS AND TEACHERS TO THE SAME LEVEL AS ENGINEERS WITH THE SAME QUALIFICATIONS.

    THIS MEANS THAT THE MINIMUM MONTHLY WAGE WILL BE RAISED FROM 40 TO 45 ROUBLES (GBP16 TO GBP18 STERLING). FOR EXAMPLE A DOCTOR WITH 20 YEARS SERVICE NOW EARNING 98 ROUBLES (ABOUT GBP39 STERLING) A MONTH, WILL GET 112 ROUBLES (ABOUT GBP45 STERLING) A MONTH FROM THE END OF THIS YEAR.

    ALTOGETHER, ABOUT 18 MILLION WORKERS IN HEALTH, EDUCATION, HOUSING, TRADE PUBLIC CATERING AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICES WILL HAVE RISES RANGING FROM 25 TO 40 PER CENT.

    ADDING TO THE SOVIET TREASURY'S INCREASED BILL, MR. KHRUSHCHEV OUTLINED A NEW PENSION SCHEME FOR COLLECTIVE FARM WORKERS WHO'LL CONTRIBUTE BETWEEN 3 AND 4 PER CENT OF THEIR INCOMES TO THE SCHEME. THIS IS EXPECTED TO COST THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT 14 HUNDRED MILLION ROUBLES (ABOUT GBP560 MILLION STERLING).

    UNDER THIS NEW SCHEME, MALE PEASANTS WHO HAVE WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AND ARE OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE AND WOMEN, WHO ARE OVER 60, AND HAVE WORKED FOR 20 YEARS WILL RECEIVE A PENSION EQUAL TO HALF THEIR MONTHLY PAY PACKET.

    MR. KHRUSHCHEV ENDED HIS ADDRESS WITH AN APPEAL FOR AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF CONSUMER GOODS. HE DECLARED THAT PEOPLE WANTED MORE FASHIONABLE AND COLOURFUL CLOTHES - THE TIME HAD PASSED, HE SAID, WHEN A MAN WOULD BUY A PAIR OF TROUSERS WHICH DID NOT FIT HIM BECAUSE HE COULD ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5222AZ4POFYJW493FBWFFS2TW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5222AZ4POFYJW493FBWFFS2TW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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