Russian truck maker Kamaz turns to prisons to fill labor gap


The logo of Russian truck maker Kamaz is seen on a board at the 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2017) in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 1, 2017. REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin / File Photo

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MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (Reuters) – Russia’s largest truck maker Kamaz (KMAZ.MM) plans to bring in prisoners to work at its largest factories to make up for a labor shortage, the Russian Federation said on Friday. CEO Sergei Koguin.

“We are evaluating how to apply the (work) program developed by the Federal Penitentiary Service,” Kogogin told reporters.

The company faces a shortage of 4,000 employees at its production facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, an industrial town more than 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Moscow, he said. It has 24,000 employees there.

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The company, which is 47% owned by state conglomerate Rostec and 15% owned by Daimler, has already brought in migrant workers from Uzbekistan and is now considering turning to Russian prisons for workers, he said. he declares.

Restrictions linked to the pandemic have prompted many migrant workers to leave Russia, forcing authorities and private companies to consider how to fill worker shortages.

The Federal Penitentiary Service earlier this year proposed a plan to use convicts to supplement the workforce, insisting the new system would not resemble the GOULAG’s extensive labor camp system in the United States. soviet era.

In April, a government document ordered authorities to assess the feasibility of using convicts to build railways.

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Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by David Evans

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