It is a tradition of the Pyongyang Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill for scores of years to overfulfil the annual production plan through a mass campaign. During the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950–July 1953), the factory produced the first weaver hero of the country who was the forerunner of the multi-loom tending movement. During the postwar days, lots of weavers, emulating Labour Hero Kim Pong Rye who was a multi-spindle tender, overfulfilled their two, or three-year plans and thus became Labour Heroes. And some of them were elected deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly. Among them was a weaver who had been honoured to take part in the 2nd National Meeting of the Vanguard Workers in the Chollima Workteam Movement and talk about her experience in training all her workteam members as innovative workers.

Kim Chon Su (centre), manager of the Dyeing Division, has trained lots of model workers.

Kim Chon Su (centre), manager of the Dyeing Division, has trained lots of model workers.

Kim Chon Su, leader of the Dyeing Division, says, “Recently a mass campaign is going on briskly among the employees of my factory continuing the tradition, and now many of them have become innovative workers.”

Last year all units of the factory launched extensive socialist competitions by machines, workteams and workshops, with noticeboards titled Are You on Mallima? set up at each workplace.

Han Myong Hui, a weaver.

Han Myong Hui, a weaver.

Han Myong Hui, a weaver at the Silk Weaving Division, who had accomplished her assignment without fail for several years, handled as many as 12 machines by herself, thus overfulfilling her yearly task once again. Emulating Han, young weavers who had begun to work there a couple of years before endeavoured with a high aim to fulfil their tasks, and the newcomers also made strenuous efforts. This was not merely a competition for a win. It is a single mind of all model workers and skilled workers of the factory to arouse all their colleagues to innovation.

O Sol Gyong, a spinner.

O Sol Gyong, a spinner.

Ri Myong Sun, a weaver at Weaving Workshop No. 1 of the Weaving Division, voluntarily moved to a weak workteam to help new workers improve their skills and exerted herself. Spinners tried to hand over machines without an empty spindle to the next shift, and the mechanics ensured full operation and full capacity of the machinery and equipment for weavers and spinners’ remarkable achievements in production. As a result, the factory produced hundreds of innovative workers who accomplished their tasks of the annual national economic plan for last year.

This year, too, the workers of the factory have conducted a mass innovation campaign under the slogan For the Next Shift! According to Pang Chol Jun, leader of Workteam No. 1 of Spinning Workshop No. 2 of the Spinning Division, all his employees are working hard with a single mind to produce more high-quality cloth for the people. Worker Ryu Yong Suk fulfilled her quota of the national economic plan for the first half of this year in the run-up to the Day of the Sun (the birthday of President Kim Il Sung, April 15). She fulfilled her yearly assignment 250 percent every year.

Though Yang Kum Ju, who has been working as a spinner for about 20 years since her girlhood, has two children, she has trained four novices as skilful multi-loom operators and established a regular system of checking machines for half an hour for the next shift, which has been adopted by all other workers of her workteam.

Having conducted a multispindle, multi-loom tending campaign for eight years, Choe Kum Hyang fulfilled her yearly tasks every year, taking good care of  young operators with poor results to train them as innovative workers.

Weaver Mun Kang Sun (centre), a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly and Labour Hero.

Weaver Mun Kang Sun (centre), a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly and Labour Hero.

“The workers of my factory are trying hard to be in the vanguard of the effort to build a socialist economic power by Mallima like our predecessors built socialism by Chollima. They say the tradition of my factory is constantly carried on,” says Mun Kang Sun, a weaver of a younger generation, who is a Labour Hero and a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly.

The workers are making an innovation in the production of cloth for the people’s dresses and children’s bags, invariably following the tradition of mass campaign.

Article: Rim Hye Gyong