Half of Fukushima workers may be illegally contracted says TEPCO survey

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TEPCO released a survey Monday which focused on the worker conditions of about 4,000 workers of 27 contractors to TEPCO between September and October.

According to the survey, 47.9 pct of such workers said that the companies directing them on-site at Fukushima Daiichi were different from those that paid their wages. These findings may be indications that subcontracting companies may be disguising subcontracts in violation of the employment security law.

36 pct of such workers had not been given written or verbal explanations about their employment terms although the labor standard law requires employers to issue documents setting out employment terms.

“We can’t judge whether there have been legal violations or not, but we believe there are cases that need to be improved,” said Masayuki Ono, deputy head of TEPCO’s nuclear plant division.

In response to the survey, TEPCO has announced that it will order contractors to ensure legal compliance and plans to confirm progress in improvements.

Source: JiJi Press

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