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Fukushima nuclear workers rally outside plant operator's HQ, complaining over pay, conditions

Published on Mar 14, 2014 5:50 PM
 
Fukushima nuclear workers and their supporters shouts slogans as they raise their fists in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the tsunami-battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, during a rally in Tokyo, on March 14, 2014. Fukushima nuclear plant workers rallied outside the headquarters of operator Tokyo Electric Power on Friday, complaining they were forced to work for meagre pay in dangerous conditions. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Fukushima nuclear plant workers rallied outside the headquarters of operator Tokyo Electric Power on Friday, complaining they were forced to work for meagre pay in dangerous conditions.

The group of about 100 demonstrators shouted and pumped their fists in the air as they railed against being cheated by contractors hired to find recruits to clean up the shattered site and surrounding area.

"Workers at the Fukushima plant have been forced to do unreasonable tasks with no decent safety measures," said one man in his thirties, who declined to give his name.

He said he was laid off after several months in the job due to heavy radiation exposure.

 
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