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A subcontractor of a Tokyo general contractor has been warned by authorities for illegally forcing employees to work at the tsunami-ravaged nuclear power station for over 10 hours a day.

The Tomioka Labor Standards Inspection Office in Fukushima Prefecture advised the subcontractor of Hazama Ando Corp. in April to rectify its labor practice, which the regulator deemed constituted a violation of the Labor Standards Act. The inspection office also instructed to manage working conditions of employees at its subcontractor in an appropriate manner.

According to Hazama Ando officials, the subcontractor had forced workers to toil for over 10 hours a day since the beginning of the year to build tanks holding radioactively contaminated water accumulating at the Fukushima No. 1 plant. However, the company stopped short of disclosing the details of the allegedly illegal practices, such as the period and the number of workers involved.

This is not the first time that businesses involved in work to bring the plant under control have been warned by labor authorities over such illegal labor practices. In November 2013, the Tomioka Labor Standards Inspection Office confirmed that Toshiba Corp. and its 18 subcontractors forced workers to toil at the Fukushima power station for more than 10 hours a day in violation of the law, and advised them to rectify their practices.
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Subcontractor warned after workers toil over 10 hours a day at crippled nuke plant (Mainichi Newspaper)

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