China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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Public Notice Concerning Workers' Organizations
CCP Center and State Council

Source: This public notice was issued on 17 February 1967 in the form of Central Document Zhongfa [ 1967] 55. Our translation is based on the text reproduced in CCP Central Committee General Office and General State Council Office Joint Cultural Revolution Reception Ofrice , ed., Wuchanjieji wenhua dageming youguan wenjian huiji ( Collection of Documents Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution), 5 vols. ( Beijing, 1967-68), Vol. 1, pp. 179-82.

1. 1. The joint notice issued by the National General Rebel Corps of Red Laborers, Ministry of Labor, and All-China Federation of Trade Unions on 2 January 1967 is illegal and should be canceled.1 All documents passed by provincial and municipal Labor Bureaus on the basis of the joint notice issued by the three organizations are null and void.
2. 2. The systems governing the employment of temporary workers, contract workers, rotation workers, and outside contract laborers are rational in some cases and quite irrational and erroneous in other cases. The Center is presently studying ways of reforming these systems depending on actual conditions. Before the Center makes a new decision, the established methods are to be followed as usual.
3. 3. Temporary workers, contract workers, rotation workers, and outside contract laborers employed by various enterprises and units are to enjoy political rights equal to those enjoyed by permanent workers, staff members, and other functionaries, and have the right to participate in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
4. 4. Those temporary workers, contract workers, rotation workers, and outside contract laborers who were branded "counter-revolutionary" for criticizing the leadership during the initial period of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution should be acquitted of their charges, and those who were dismissed for the same reason should be allowed to
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For a discussion of the joint notice and the radical changes to China's labor system proposed by the National General Rebel Corps of Red Laborers, see Xiaoxia Gong, "Repressive Movements and the Politics of Victimization: Patronage and Persecution during the Cultural Revolution" ( Ph.D. diss., Harvard University, Dept. of Sociology, 1995), pp. 257-65.

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