Foreign contract workers to sue Kubota over status

About 10 foreign contract employees of major machinery manufacturer Kubota Corp. have decided to file a group lawsuit against the company claiming their employment status is unjustifiable and the company should continue to employ them after their contract expires next April, it has been learned.

In February 2006, the Osaka-based firm was warned that factory workers it used from staffing agencies were under the company’s direct control, effectively making them equal to dispatch workers. This type of practice is illegal.