Major Russian truckmaker Kamaz is considering hiring convicts at its factories amid a workforce deficit, CEO Sergei Kogogin said on Friday. The program is also meant to give non-violent prisoners a chance to learn a trade.
“We are assessing how to apply the [work] program developed by the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN),” Kogogin said.
“Prisoners who live in settlements will be given an opportunity to work. We are working in this direction,” he stated.
According to Kogogin, despite a significant growth in labor productivity the firm is approximately 4,000 workers short at its production facilities in Naberezhnye Chelny, an industrial city some 900 kilometers east of Moscow. The company currently employs…