Monday, November 11, 2013

Tepco to exploit workers less

Following on the heels of the earlier Reuters story about the low pay and exploitation of Fukushima contract workers, this is better news.

The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will double the pay of contract workers as part of a revamp of operations at the station, after coming under criticism for its handling of clean-up efforts.
Hazard pay for the thousands of workers on short-term contracts will be increased from 10,000 yen ($100) to 20,000 yen a day, Tokyo Electric Power Co said in a statement on Friday.
It will also tighten supervision of contractors and improve meals and other conditions at the site where three reactors melted down in March 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami.
A Reuters investigation last month found that workers' pay was being skimmed, some had been hired under false pretences, and some contractors had links to organized crime gangs.
Tokyo Electric also faces a shortage of workers for the clean-up, that will take decades and cost more than $150 billion.
 $200/day for dangerous, uncomfortable and time limited work? Wait staff at decent restaurants take that home in tips each night.
Any volunteers?

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