Mainichi Daily / July 28, 2012 /
A man hired to help bring the disaster at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant under control has accused subcontractors of forcing him to work under illegal conditions and skimming off part of his wages.
The 45-year-old Nagasaki Prefecture resident has filed a claim with the Tokyo Labor Bureau accusing Nichieidouryoku Co. of dispatching him to a subcontractor through at least one other subcontractor and forcing him to work under a bogus contract.
The man has also filed a petition with the Nagasaki Labor Bureau against four lower-level subcontractors, complaining that they skimmed off part of his wages.
The Labor Lawyers Association of Japan, which supports the man, said that electric power company subcontractors commonly farm out work at nuclear plants to hired hands through several lower-level subcontractors, and skim off workers’ wages.
“This case is just the tip of the iceberg. The situation will never change unless Tokyo Electric Power Co. takes responsibility for subcontractors’ employment methods and their safety management practices,” a spokesman for the association said.
Posted from: Fukushima Update |