Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea

Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea

  • 10 Oct, 2019

Workers on tea plantations in the Assam region of India are systematically
denied their rights to a living wage and decent working and living conditions.
The fact that they are unable to meet their basic living costs is starkly illustrated
by our finding that 50% of the households that researchers visited on behalf of
Oxfam owned ‘below poverty line’ ration cards issued by the Government of
Assam, making them eligible for rations of 5kg of rice per month per family

Oxfam’s new research shows that the solutions lie in a fairer sharing of the end
consumer price of tea, stronger gender policies and a review of plantation
labour laws to ensure that women and men in Assam can lead dignified lives

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