Some 2,900 Foreign Workers Leave Sharp Plant

Economy Society

Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--About 2,900 foreign workers secured mainly via staffing agencies left their jobs this year at a Sharp Corp. <6753> plant in Mie Prefecture, relevant parties including a local labor union said Monday.

Before the exodus, some 3,000 foreigners employed by a total of 10 companies were working at the plant in the central Japan city of Kameyama, which was busy dealing with increased orders.

From the beginning of this year, however, some 2,900 of them left after the plant reduced working hours and hourly wages and terminated contracts with workers who stayed despite the changes, without renewing them.

On Nov. 22, the union and others submitted a complaint with the labor ministry's Mie Prefectural Labor Bureau and the labor standard inspection office of Tsu, the prefecture's capital.

The 10 firms included operators who dispatched workers without approval from authorities, the complaint said, reporting alleged violation of related laws.

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