Monday, March 24, 2014

Radiation-exposed workers demand, “Stop stealing our salaries!”

At 9am on March 14, 2014, many workers at the still troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear demanded Maeda Corporation, a construction company that handles decontamination, to improve their working conditions. HIRAGA Yujiro, their leader, expressed his anger, saying, “Do you know why we are so angry? It’s because some of our salaries have been stolen despite that we are doing something very crucial for Japan”. There are three thousand decontamination workers in Naraha Town, Fukushima Prefecture where Maeda contracts for decontamination. Each of the workers can earn only ten to twelve thousand yen (100 to 120 US dollars) a day. They are eligible for an extra ten thousand yen as a “danger allowance”, but the extra amount has disappeared somewhere. Their working conditions remain dismal despite a fatal accident. About 200 workers protested the construction company. Maeda kept its door closed at first, but some representatives of the workers were allowed into its building and their demands were accepted. They continued their actions to demand the improvement in their working conditions at Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of Fukushima Daiichi, and the relevant government ministries. (M)



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