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1 November 2015

Sri Lanka: Making 'Equal Pay' work

Author: Zahrah Imtiaz & Shaahidah Riza, Ceylon Today [Sri Lanka]

According to the Department of Census and Statistics report on employment, the distribution of Semi-Government Sector employees in 2012 had 70.4 per cent of the permanent cadre being made up of male employees. Women only made up 29.6 per cent of the...

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26 October 2015

India: New tea partnership to tackle abuse and trafficking in Indian tea communities

Author: Ethical Tea Partnership

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18 October 2015

Kerala, India: Women plantation workers organize to demand their rights - and win

This is the story of an extraordinary uprising, a movement of 6,000 barely educated women labourers who call themselves "Pempilai Orumai", or women's unity.  The women are tea pickers from Kerala in India and work for a huge plantation company, Kanan...

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2 October 2015

"In work but trapped in poverty: A summary of five studies conducted by Oxfam, with updates on progress along the road to a living wage"

Author: Rachel Wilshaw, Sloane Hamilton, Julie Théroux-Séguin & Daisy Gardener, Oxfam

Oxfam believes that access to decent work on a living wage is a fundamental pathway out of poverty, and one of the best ways to counter growing inequality. This summary of recent Oxfam research paints a picture of workers, mostly women, who are...

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19 September 2015

India: Munnar's women tea workers stir the pot

Author: Preetu Nair, Times News Network

Vijayamma Sughadev, 45, has spent most of her adult life in a shrimp peeling shed in Ambalappuzha, a coastal town in southern Kerala. She is among the 300 women working at the MRF Shrimp Peeling shed, earning all of Rs 14 per day for skinning a kilo...

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18 September 2015

Malawi: Danish Institute for Human Rights & Citizens for Justice launch "Human Rights and Business Country Guide"

The Danish Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with Citizens for Justice have published Malawi's Human Rights & Business Country Guide. It contains information regarding potential and actual human rights impacts of businesses operating in...

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10 September 2015

Zimbabwe: Children who worked in harmful conditions for Tanganda Tea still experienced exploitation after child labour scheme ended

Author: Ngoni Shuma, African Arguments

'Zimbabwe: when ending child labour does not end child exploitation', 10 Sep 2015:…For half a century, the Tanganda Tea Company…ran a…Earn and Learn scheme whereby children…work[ed]…in return for education…A timetable agreed between Tanganda and the...

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8 September 2015

BBC investigates inhumane working conditions in tea plantations in Assam, India - brands respond

Author: Justin Rowlatt and Jane Deith, BBC

"The bitter story behind the UK's national drink", 8 Sep 2015...

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31 August 2015

India: Assam's tea gardens become hunting ground for child traffickers

Author: Anasuya S Basu, Hindustan Times

Children have gone missing from the gardens, feared to have been lured by traffickers active in an economically-backward region. And the tea workers have turned out to be the most vulnerable to trafficking, according to activists and the government.....

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13 August 2015

India: Abysmal living and working conditions in Assam’s tea industry result in complications during pregnancy & childbirth, documents a photo essay

Author: Nikhil Kumar, Time

Assam, one of India’s poorest states, where the last national family health survey in 2006 showed that 70% of women suffered from anemia...the state’s tea plantations, which produce a sixth of the world’s tea supply, and where anemia as well as...

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