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AccountabiliTEA: Civil society urge to improve living & working conditions for Assam tea workers
Author: Nazdeek, Accountability Counsel, Promotion and Advancement of Justice, Harmony and Rights of Adivasis & People’s Action for Development, Published on: 6 November 2016
In Assam, the world’s largest tea growing region, there are nearly 1 million tea plantation workers and their families who depend on a meagre cash wage of 126 Rupees a day, that is less than 2 British pounds and lower than the minimum wage mandated by law. In addition, they live in appalling conditions with poor access to basic services like water, health and sanitation, which expose them to malnutrition, disease, and preventable deaths. These conditions are common across most tea plantations in Assam, and result in the region holding India’s highest maternal mortality rate and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. You can help to break this cycle! Bring digniTEA to those who bring you tea!