Join the call for tea buyers to support Assam wage increase

Join the call for tea buyers to support Assam wage increase

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are clear that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout their supply chains. Yet, as the strike by thousands of tea workers in Assam last month demonstrated, many are being denied their right to a decent livelihood. So, what can buyers and retailers do? NGOs are calling on them to take three clear steps:

  1. Insist that the Assam Wage Commission implements the minimum cash wage of INR 351.33/day that it recommended for tea workers in 2018
  2. Support Indian producers in bridging the gap between current wages and INR 351.33/day through fair price negotiation
  3. Review their purchasing practices to enable tea producers to bridge the gap with living wages everywhere

NGOs, trade unions, civil society organisations, campaigners and citizens everywhere – you can help by sharing this message on social media, writing to your supermarket and favourite tea brand and asking them to support the call for a wage increase for Assam tea workers.

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