FOR WORK DAYS
Artist: B. Fridkin
The poster targets lazy peasants and encourages them to work harder for the state. The verse at the bottom reads:
The time has come,
All people in the fields,
They're working hard, they mow and harvest,
Unlike this lazy bum,
Who surely will come
To rip the fruits of other people's labor.
A lazy collective farm worker lies on the clock with an open sack FOR WORK DAYS (units of payment on collective farms). From 1930 to 1966 Russian peasants were not paid with money, but with workdays or points arbitrarily assigned by the chair of the collective farm to each adult peasant. At the end of the month the points were converted into a small amount of produce as in-kind payment for labor. The Russian peasants worked the land, but the land belonged to a local collective--private ownership was forbidden and illegal. The local farm collectives were required by the Soviet government to contribute a percentage of farm's produce to the state. For these reasons the peasants were not motivated to work.