Diet is debating a bill to amend the Worker Dispatch Law, which
is currently a hot issue in Japan. The proposed legislation is
deemed far from perfect, but at least the Diet is expected to
explore ways of contributing to the correction of income disparities
between regular and non-regular workers, which are said to be
leading to an increase of poverty.
The present law gives no consideration to the problem of the
employment stability of dispatched workers. Their jobs, which
are found by temporary staffing agencies, can be terminated at
short notice and sometimes at a moment's notice-a phenomenon
known as haken-giri in Japanese. As a result of this practice,
some people who had been given accommodation along with their
work, have found themselves suddenly thrown onto the streets
and made homeless.
Therefore, the Diet has become more serious about this issue
and is searching for ways to improve job security for dispatched
workers. The bill aims to protect dispatched workers and overhaul
the dispatch system itself. The least protected among these workers
are those who are registered with temporary staffing agencies
and obtain employment contracts as and when jobs are available.
Under the amended law, such practice would be banned except in
26 fields requiring special skills, such as interpreting. The
dispatch of workers to manufacturing companies, where massive
dismissals have become commonplace today, will be allowed only
in case where the temporary staffing agencies are expected to
hire the workers for more than one year.