Report reveals alleged labor issues at 2020 Tokyo Olympic building sites
Japan Today -- May 17
A report released by a global union federation has demanded better conditions for laborers working on the construction of Tokyo Games facilities after several "alarming" alleged labor violations were uncovered.

The report from the Building and Wood Workers' International titled "The Dark Side of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics" is based on interviews with construction workers and documents how low pay, overwork and poor access to grievance mechanisms are creating a "culture of fear" among crews at Olympic projects.

The BWI, headquartered in Geneva, is seeking an end to "dangerous patterns of overwork," citing the example of construction workers at the National Stadium and Olympic Village who reported being required to work up to 26 and 28 consecutive days, respectively.

"The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics was Japan's opportunity to address some of the long-running gaps within the construction industry in Japan. However, these problems have just got worse," BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said.

"Wages remain low, dangerous overwork is common, and workers have limited access to recourse to address their issues," Yuson said.

According to the report, the Japanese construction sector is currently facing an "acute labor shortage," with 4.3 positions vacant for every construction worker. At the same time, an increase in construction activity has been driven by Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Games, as well as ongoing reconstruction efforts in Fukushima.

来年の東京オリンピック・パラリンピックを巡り、関連施設の建設現場の労働環境に問題があるとして労働組合の国際組織が大会組織委員会や東京都などに改善を求めていることが分かりました。 今年11月の完成を目指して工事が進む新国立競技場。
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