A survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare regarding "black baito," referring to part-time jobs in which students are forced to work in conditions that violate labor laws or are exploited, shows that approximately half of the respondents have had bad experiences.
The survey was answered online by 1,000 students aged 18 to 25 from the end of August to September this year, Fuji TV reported. The students who answered work part-time at convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. The results showed that 60.5% of all the respondents said they have had trouble with their work conditions.
Complaints included not getting paid for preparation and cleaning time, not being given any break time, being made to work more days each week than agreed to and not being able to take days off when having exams.
Based on the results, the labor ministry said it will make a request to the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations that "study comes first" for students.
The term “black baito” (“baito” or “arubaito” which means part-time work) 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.© Japan Today