At nuclear plants like Fukushima, the most dangerous work is being done by thousands of untrained day labourers, the New York Times reports. They are employed through contractors, sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors and receive lower pay and are exposed to far higher levels of radiation than permanent staff. They said they hide their injuries with skin-coloured adhesive bandages out of fear of being fired. There are signs that day labourers still play a big role at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
In the early 1980s, a union of nuclear plant day labourers was created, which tried to improve safety conditions. At some point, the union had 180 members. However, a spokesperson says thugs visited their houses and threatened to harm their families. (Source: New York Times)