Definition of shock worker in English:

shock worker

noun

  • (in the former Soviet Union) a worker whose group exceeded production quotas and was assigned to a particularly urgent or arduous task.

    • ‘It recognized tens of thousands of women in retailing as labor heroes: exemplary workers, shock workers, and Stakhanovites.’
    • ‘The state wanted them to be literary shock workers, but they wished to remain artists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This amount varied, depending on whether the prisoner was a shock worker or a Stakhanovite, an invalid, in isolation, etc.’
    • ‘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.’