Sunday, 10 April 2011

‘Union members at nuclear plant were intimidated’

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)

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