17:04 Oct. 20, 2016
Europe's biggest television factory recently employed some 150 Ukrainian workers
Samsung Electronics has recruited Ukrainian workers to keep its Hungarian factory running smoothly, it said on Thursday, in a sign of the unconventional efforts local companies are making to beat a deepening labor crunch.
Years of emigration to western Europe have created labor shortages in countries on the European Union's eastern flank such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, making it tough for businesses of all kinds to recruit.
As Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government puts up billboards urging Hungarians to reject quotas for distributing mostly Muslim migrants within the European Union, some companies have quietly started peeking abroad to find extra staff.
Local news website index.hu reported this week that Samsung had employed about 120 to 150 Ukrainian workers at its plant in Jaszfenyszaru, east of Budapest, which the company says is Europe's biggest television factory.
"To ensure the continuity of output and the traditional Samsung quality, the factory has employed foreign workers besides its over 2,600 Hungarian employees since August," the company said in an emailed response to questions about the Ukrainian workers.