Ban mulled for daily dispatch of temp workers

A ruling coalition task force agreed Wednesday that temp staff agencies should be banned from dispatching workers on a single-day basis, a practice criticized for spawning the “working poor” phenomenon and exacerbating social disparities, lawmakers said.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito plan to recommend ways of amending the worker dispatch law so that the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry can draft a bill to outlaw the practice and submit it to the Diet during the extra session expected to be convened around late August.

The task force also wants to oblige staffing agencies to charge public fees for temp worker dispatches to reduce their profit margin, they said.

The practice of daily-basis dispatches seems to involve mostly younger people who have registered at temp staff agencies and go to perform work at businesses when summoned by phone or e-mail.