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Breaking News English .com, Race Is On To Find Russia's Best Workers (1st April, 2012)

Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin has announced a new competition to find the best workers in Russia. Mr Putin hopes his new initiative will motivate workers to do better and perhaps increase productivity. All categories in the contest are based on traditional industries. The AFP news agency quoted Putin as saying in a cabinet meeting: "Five nominations have been confirmed: best welder, best stone mason, best miner, best electrician and best heavy vehicle driver." The AFP said: “The idea of the government rewarding the best workers is reminiscent of the Soviet Union, when outstanding workers received cash bonuses and had their photographs displayed on special honours boards.”

Government departments have already started the process of selecting the first-rate candidates in each field. The results will be announced in October. The winner in each category will receive 300,000 roubles ($10,226), while the runner-up and third-placed worker will get 200,000 and 100,000 roubles. The contest is only open to blue-collar workers. There are currently no prizes for white-collar workers or those working in technology or the sciences. The AFP also said Mr Putin is reviving other Soviet-era practices, such as rewarding women for having more than one child. Mothers will soon receive a cash payment for each child they have. Those who give birth to many children are set to receive medals.

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1204/120401-best_workers_award.html



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Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin has announced a new competition to find the best workers in Russia. Mr Putin hopes his new initiative will motivate workers to do better and perhaps increase productivity. All categories in the contest are based on traditional industries. The AFP news agency quoted Putin as saying in a cabinet meeting: "Five nominations have been confirmed: best welder, best stone mason, best miner, best electrician and best heavy vehicle driver." The AFP said: “The idea of the government rewarding the best workers is reminiscent of the Soviet Union, when outstanding workers received cash bonuses and had their photographs displayed on special honours boards.”

Government departments have already started the process of selecting the first-rate candidates in each field. The results will be announced in October. The winner in each category will receive 300,000 roubles ($10,226), while the runner-up and third-placed worker will get 200,000 and 100,000 roubles. The contest is only open to blue-collar workers. There are currently no prizes for white-collar workers or those working in technology or the sciences. The AFP also said Mr Putin is reviving other Soviet-era practices, such as rewarding women for having more than one child. Mothers will soon receive a cash payment for each child they have. Those who give birth to many children are set to receive medals.

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1204/120401-best_workers_award.html


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