Russian truckmaker Kamaz looks to prisons to plug workforce deficit

MOSCOW — Russia’s biggest truckmaker Kamaz is thinking about bringing in prisoners to operate at its largest factories to compensate for a workforce deficit, CEO Sergei Kogogin said on Friday.

“We are examining how to apply the (operate) program made by the Federal Penitentiary Support,” Kogogin told reporters.

The company faces a shortage of 4,000 team at its manufacturing facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, an industrial town additional than 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Moscow, he mentioned. It has 24,000 workforce there.

The corporation, which is 47% owned by point out conglomerate Rostec and 15% by Daimler, has currently brought in migrant employees from Uzbekistan and is now looking at wanting to Russian prisons for laborers, he mentioned.

Constraints joined to the pandemic have prompted quite a few migrant employees to depart Russia, forcing authorities and non-public firms to ponder techniques to fill employee shortages.

The Federal Penitentiary Assistance before this 12 months proposed a strategy to use convicts to health supplement he workforce, insisting the new system would not resemble the wide GULAG labour camp program of the Soviet era.

In April, a government document purchased officers to evaluate the feasibility of making use of convicts to develop railways.

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov Crafting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Editing by David Evans)