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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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13 July 2015

Tax Inspectors Without Borders helping developing countries recover funds lost through illicit financial flows by multinationals

Author: Alan Katz, Bloomberg

"Tax Inspectors Shrug Off Borders to Track Multinational Evasion"...

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28 June 2015

The hidden injuries of caste: south Indian tea workers and economic crisis

Author: Jayaseelan Raj, Open Democracy

Tea plantation workers are one of the most stigmatised and marginalised communities in India. While the majority of workers on the plantations in the northeast were originally brought from Bihar, Orissa and Nepal, it is Tamil-speaking Dalits (so...

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28 June 2015

The hidden injuries of caste: south Indian tea workers and economic crisis

Author: Jayaseelan Raj, Open Democracy

Economic crisis has pushed Indian tea workers to seek employment outside the plantations, forcing them to re-engage with the caste hierarchy from which their ancestors attempted to escape...Tea plantation workers are one of the most stigmatised and...

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22 June 2015

India: West Bengal tea units hail new Bill to promote workers' welfare

Author: Indrani Dutta, Hindu

The State tea industry expects to get some relief through the West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees’ Welfare Fund Bill 2015, which it saw as a unique initiative, where the State is willing to partner the industry to promote workers welfare...The Act...

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8 June 2015

Tea farmers' livelihoods at risk due to climate change, says expert

Author: Brian Kahn, Climate Central

“Climate Change Poses a Brewing Problem for Tea”, 4 Jun 2015...

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22 May 2015

Study analyses impact of sustainability certifications on working conditions at farms

Author: Sanne van der Wal & Fleur Scheele, SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)

Increasingly popular and widely implemented sustainability certification schemes like Rainforest Alliance or UTZ Certified aim to improve the working conditions of workers on farms in developing countries producing food for Western markets. New...

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