Five Japanese high school students have formed a union to fight companies that take advantage of part-time workers.
The students have coined the term "black baito" ("baito" or "arubaito" which means part-time work). The expression is a derivative of another coined term, "black kigyo," which refers to companies that are lax with regard to labor laws and practically treat employees like slaves.
The five students told a news conference they formed their union to advocate the improvement of conditions of high school part-time workers, Fuji TV reported Friday.
One of the students said: “I work at a convenience from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., but I also am expected to stay and help until 10 p.m. The store said they cannot pay any overtime to part-timers, but said they would compensate me in a different form. However, they haven't given me anything."
According to the students, long hours and unpaid overtime are regularly expected by employers. Even when students requested days off before exams, their requests were turned down, one of the students said.
“There are so many people who are forced to work in illegal conditions," she said. "We would like to help others to improve their work conditions.”© Japan Today