Publication: The Daily Telegraph

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  • Title East Germany Cuts Wages
  • Author From Our Special Correspondent
  • Publication Title The Daily Telegraph
  • Collection The Daily Telegraph
  • Date Monday,  Oct. 21, 1957
  • Issue Number 31887
  • Page Number 9
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Telegraph Media Group
  • Copyright Statement © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
EAST GERMANY CUTS WAGES From Our Special Correspondent BERLIN, Sunday. Anti-inflation measures including large-scale pay cuts were announced by Herr Ulbricht. East German deputy Prime Minister, at a Communist Party Central Committee meeting which ended yesterday. He said the East German economy was threatened with disaster. Consumer good- production had declined since 1955 and this year's deliveries of brown coal were 1.200.000 tons behind schedule up to Sept. 30. He said a delicit was to be expected in foreign trade turnover It W..S * particularly alarming" that nearly a quarter of East Germany's nationalised factories were running at a loss. The number of " delicit undertakings" had risen from 382 in 1955 to 512 on June 30 Herr Ulbricht announced reorganisation of the economic control system on the principles recently introduced in Russia by Mr Khruschev. Most industrial Ministries are to be abolished and overall control will be vested in the State Planning Commission. Pay cuts would be directly imposed on better-paid functionaries and indirectly imposed on workers in basic industries by increased work norms. This latter step has iong been threatened in the Communist party's theoretical publications