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Hiring practices at Fukushima nuclear plant questioned

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 17:01

Tokyo: A recent survey of workers at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station indicated questionable hiring practices, with nearly half saying they received work assignments from companies other than those paying them wages, and some asked to falsely state their employers.

Masayuki Ono, an official at Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the nuclear power plant, said the company "will take the results seriously" and "will take measures such as overseeing contractors.

"The survey in September and October indicated that 47.9 per cent of 2,423 workers hired by subcontract companies received payment from firms different to those instructing them at workplaces, while 125 said they were asked to falsely state their employers when writing down their business address in the document.

On radiation exposure, 15.1 per cent of all respondents of 3,186, including supervisors, said they did not know the doses to which they had been exposed, while 36 per cent said they had not received any documents listing their terms of employment from their employers.

PTI (Kyodo)

First Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 14:53
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