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Suspect food upsets cleaners

CLEANERS at the World Expo said they are not well treated as they only receive one meal per day while working a 12-hour shift.

A cleaner surnamed Xie told Shanghai Daily yesterday that all their meals are delivered by street cleaning vehicles and the food is stored in the back of the vehicle right below bags of trash or cleaning tools such as brooms and mops.

Xie works at Changqing Road near Entrance No. 7 to the Expo site. She said it was unpleasant to see workers take out their lunch below bags of trash, although a storage tank separates the food from the trash.

An official with Expo Bureau's commercial management department, who refused to disclose his name, said the cleaner's company is responsible for dealing with this issue.

The official didn't give out the name of the company but he said he would urge the firm to be more hygienic when delivering food to its workers.

Some cleaners working inside the Expo are now bringing their own food from home as they are annoyed with having to eat food taken out from street cleaning vehicles.

But one cleaner surnamed Wei said he didn't want to make a big deal about it because he doesn't want to lose his job by talking to the media.

Wei, 50, who works along Yaohua Road near Entrance No. 6 said he cherished the job that pays 1,950 yuan (US$288) per month, adding that he doesn't care how the free lunch was delivered, as long as the disposable plastic lunch boxes look clean.

"The food is fine if they wash the cleaning vehicles frequently," Wei said.

Meanwhile, bus drivers aren't too happy with their working conditions as they said the Expo organizer has done a poor job of informing them about rest stations.

Some even said they didn't know about the rest stations, which include restaurants, televisions and air conditioning.

The first rest station opened on July 1 and a shuttle bus has been allocated to take drivers there.

Still, many drivers said it was too far and they preferred staying with their buses because they don't want the passengers' luggage to get stolen.


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