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29 Sep 2010

Aidan Radnedge, Metro [UK]

Tetley accused of violating human rights after three worker deaths [India]

...[Tetley's] parent company, Tata [part of Tata Group], is facing calls to apologise after a crop sprayer allegedly paid as little as 8p an hour died of suspected poisoning at a plantation in India. Two fellow workers caught up in protests over his death were shot dead by riot police and another 15 were injured, according to a report by the International Union of Foodworkers...Tetley...distanced itself from the allegations...It insisted that no tea produced at the Assam plantation goes into its teabags sold in Britain...The claims were also fiercely denied by the plantation’s owner – Amalgamated Plantations Private Ltd – a separate company in which Tata holds a 49.8 per cent stake. [Business & Human Rights invited Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited to respond to the IUF report - its response is included alongside this item]