213 Workers in Religious Organizations in the Soviet Union Ger van den Berg I. Introduction II. The legal status of the church 1. 1918-1929 In labour law the general doctrine is that workers in religious organizations are not subject to the state provisions of labour law or the social insurance system, if their work is connected with their status in the church organization (priests, bishops etc.) or if their work is entirely of a religious nature. But other work- ers come within the context of labour law, though there is some doubt in specific cases, e.g. vergers. The legal status of workers in religious organizations in the Soviet Union is complicated by the uncertainties in the legal status of the religious organizations them- selves and by the different policies towards religion since the October revolution. Between 1918 and 1922, laws were enacted which deprived religious organizations of the possibility of having-as secular organizations had-the status of a legal person and the right to own property.' The Peo- ple's Commissariats of Justice and of the Interior interpreted this provision in 1923,2 stating that "Reli- gious societies, although having no right to be a legal person or to own property,
Review of Socialist Law (in 1992 continued as Review of Central and East European Law) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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