One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the former Soviet Union) a worker whose group exceeded production quotas and was assigned to a particularly urgent or arduous task.
- ‘During the first five-year plan, Soviet workers who exceeded their production quotas were designated as ‘shock workers‘[udarniki] and given special incentives and awards.’
- ‘At one time Stakhanovites had been shock workers who assisted in the intensification of the exploitation of their fellow workers by working harder and forcing up the tempo of work.’
- ‘The state wanted them to be literary shock workers, but they wished to remain artists.’
- ‘This amount varied, depending on whether the prisoner was a shock worker or a Stakhanovite, an invalid, in isolation, etc.’
- ‘It recognized tens of thousands of women in retailing as labor heroes: exemplary workers, shock workers, and Stakhanovites.’
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