Young temporary workers in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures have organized a labor union to improve their working conditions, which are frequently inferior to those of full-time employees, union members said Saturday.

Anyone under 40 and supporting themselves by working in a part-time job is eligible to join the Shutoken Seinen Union (Metropolitan Area Youth Labor Union) for a membership fee of 1,500 yen a month, they said.

Manabu Natori, 27, a part-time hospital clerk, was named chief of the union and 24 other workers aged between 19 and 36, most of them part-time staff at fast-food outlets, have joined up.