Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Vietnamese technical intern regrets his coming to Japan

                                     A meeting and a press conference on “nuclear decontamination work” by a Vietnamese technical intern were held at the House of Representative Members’ Building on March 14, 2018. It attracted not only many news reporters including those of some international media but also twelve lawmakers. A Vietnamese technical intern aged 24 came to Japan as an “intern” to learn “construction and civil engineering skills” in 2015. However, what he actually did was “nuclear decontamination work” in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. For fear of exposure, he escaped from the company dormitory and told the fact to the Zentoitsu Workers Union in November 2017, and this issue was exposed. According to him, he had to pay 13,000 US dollars to a “dispatching organization” in Vietnam. Such a debt made him “enslaved”. He says, “I would never have come to Japan if I had known it is so dangerous”. TORII Ippei of Zentoitsu said, “Such cases are rampant under the technical internship system. It is time for Japan to design a system to appropriately accept international interns instead of disguising the current system that causes the enslavement of interns”. (M)



Morning action in front of the Japan Embassy towards Toyota factory in Sta Rosa, Laguna

 〜17 years memorial day of action by TMPCWA on March, 15

 We were planning to march from the Coca Cola plant to the Toyota factory in Laguna, 
around the time when workers were going home from the factories, but we could not. It
was because we got the information from inside workers that the company would let them do overtime to avoid any contacts between the workers and TMPCWA members. And it was already around 3:50 in the afternoon when we arrived in Laguna.
We therefore took jeepney to go to the Toyota factory. There were about 5 jeepneys full of people.
Members were very happy because we are many together with the supporting people's organization who come along with us in front of Toyota.
All the mass organizations who supported and joined us were very surprised to get to know about the struggle
we experienced as they heard the speeches of the members during the program. That is why those mass organizations of different sectors were very proud that they were present first time in our action. They also immediately uploaded to their facebook every photo they took and shared it with many people to let them know and to support our struggle.
Kindly please check the shame on Toyota facebook page for some photos uploaded by the
members during our 17 years memorial day of action.facebook
 Ed Cubelo, President of TMPCWA
 フィリピントヨタ労組委員長 エド・クベロ