#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In 1930, extensive construction began on the future Norilsk site. The Norilskstroy building organization had many problems, but the main one was with workers and specialists.
It was necessary to involve about 400 people in the work, but a little more than half arrived in Norilsk. Therefore, the authorities recruited labor force wherever they could.
Apparently, the result of this was an interesting letter received by the Norilsk industrial office manager, Yakov Vedernikov, from his colleague, the head of the neighboring Igarka Severstroy building organization:
“In connection with the work start in Norilsk, paid at higher tariff rates than in Igarka, our workers are leaving, hoping to get better wages.
We consider it undesirable for workers to migrate from one neighboring enterprise to another, which could lead to disruption of production plans. We ask you to agree to a mutual refusal to accept those workers who will arrive from one construction site to another without the administration consent”.
Such was the fight against staff turnover in the 1930s.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we talked about Norilsk trade advertising in the form of culinary recipes in newspapers.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive