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Ethical? Tetley's Tata Tea Starving Indian Tea Workers Into Submission -- TAKE ACTION!


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Carole
- 3540 days ago - iuf.org
"Tata, the transnational Indian conglomerate whose Tetley Group makes the world famous Tetley teas, has taken 6,500 people hostage through hunger. The hostages are nearly 1,000 tea plantation workers and their families on the Nowera Nuddy Tea Estate. . ."



   

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Past Member (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:03 am
Heart breaking. Thank your for your support.

Thank you Just C
 

. (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:11 am
This is so sad.... chopping off the hands that make up the business... I definitely hope that they will be recompensated and that this company will take responsibility in returningback to ethical business practices
 

Sandra Barringer (119)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:23 am
We need to break all corporate power so that they don't have the leverage to abuse or misuse anyone. That means don't give them your money which is power.
 

H Nick H (1826)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:30 am
Greedy corporations are taking over the world. Just look who controls the US. Insurance, banks, oil companies, power corporations, etc. Making a profit is a good thing, but when it becomes the only thing, then you have crossed the lines of humanity and spirituality. This is the evil side of it all. People need to wake up and make a lot of noise, or we lose our freedoms.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:30 am
Thank your for your support. To participate in other IUF campaigns, please click here. A confirmation email will be sent to you shortly.

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:03 am
Signed TY Carole
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:15 am

This call to action sickened me. I am entirely disgusted with the predominant corporate/capitalistic mindframe that negates the rights of individuals and sees them as merely "tools for profit."

We must each act with great resolve whenever an instance, such as this one, is revealed.

My gratitude to all of you for recognizing this extreme cruelty.
 

Barbara W (342)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:24 am
Thank you Carole.. Done and will be moved through DTDN as well..If one human falls due to ill treatment, in time, all will fall! When folks are treated with respect they will act in kind! When you use them as a step stool something must give.. It brings out the worse in me when I am aware that someone is coerced and or starved by what I believe to be the worse of the worse, bully's.. Corporations have proven to be bullies without a soul.. This mentality which feeds the gr$$d with-in has taken American and the world to new lows..We all should be concerned. Very concerned!
 

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:45 am
This is pure crime, thanx for bringing this to my attention "C".
 

Tierney G (381)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:51 am
Signed thanks
 

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 9:07 am
Thank your for your support. To participate in other IUF campaigns, please click here. A confirmation email will be sent to you shortly.
 

Pamylle G (458)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 9:28 am
Horrible - just signed this earlier today. Thanks for posting, Carole.
Honestly, there's not anything I want so badly that I am willing to knowingly support such practices.
 

JennyLynn W (246)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 10:47 am
This is just organized crime. Our government here in the US is just as awful and they are using our money against us to bribe our government. It must stop. We can completely turn over Congress in just 6 years and have all new congress people by 2016. We can then keep turning out the greedy and corrupt ones every election until we get people who will represent us and not the evil cartels. It's up to us, because we have had a bitter and horrific lesson lately that we simply cannot trust any business or corporation to behave without severe regulations and heavy-handed oversight. Prison sentences (mandatory long ones) are in order for those who abuse the public trust and those who would bribe and corrupt our government to work against us.
 

Mandi T (367)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 10:56 am
Thank your for your support. Signed
Tx Carole
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 11:27 am
I signed this gladly. Is a shame such things exist that requires such a signature.

I agree with Nick, these greedy Corporations are taking over the world. This Country isn't immune from this. They will have all our jobs gone and then expect us to beg for them back, so they can do these same sort of treatments to us.

As the saying goes "Money is the root of all evil" and this, that is being done to these people, certainly is so.
 

Gillian M (218)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 11:32 am
Greenpeace India is having problems with Tata as they want to destroy an area of very rare breeding turtles. Tata is an organisation with no morals or scruples with no interest in anything except their profits.

signed & noted, thanx for brinig this to our attention Carol
 

Karen S (106)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 11:33 am
Thanks for alerting me to this abuse. It must have been a horrible experience being taxied to medical help by tractor--an extrordinary abuse. I purchase Tetley Tea regularly, but will boycott until they have righted this bu meeting the demands of the workers.
 

Patricia N (41)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 12:53 pm
No more Tetley tea for me! Some Corporations have no compassion for their employees all they see is the bottom line.
 

Candace A (9)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 12:54 pm
My my how history repeats itself. About 120 years ago with a strong El Nino the British used tactics similar and starved 50 million people to death in two countries. The Indians learned well from the British captures. What Once Was Will Be Again.
 

Elaine R (132)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 1:04 pm
I AV WROTE THEM LETTER - I KNEW TETLEY TEA WAS SLAVE TRADE BUT NOT KNEW THEY STARVED THEM
 

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 1:53 pm
is this company affiliated with tata motors?
 

Janet Solomon (231)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 1:59 pm
Thank you, Carole.

No wonder the tea the People of India get tastes like sh*t--the good stuff is being sent abroad, through the auspices of broken backs & spirits ["come Mr. Tally Man, tally me banana!"]

Time the real 'TALLY' gets totalled up, my friends!

Namaste! xo
 

Susan D (116)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:02 pm
Email sent and item 4warded
 

Kelly C (176)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:11 pm
This is so very wrong. TY Carole.
 

. (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:29 pm
UWAGA! UWAGA! UWAGA!. TEN PROBLEM ROZWIĄZUJĄ OTWARTE EDYKTY Z 24/04 2008 roku.
 

margaret J (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:29 pm
the world is full of terriable people some day they will pay for their actions.. in the mean time i sign all important petitions
 

. (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:38 pm
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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 2:53 pm
Signed.Thanks for bringing this to my attention Susan.
 

Evelyn Z (300)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:03 pm
Noted, Signed & Forwarded.
Thanks C
 

chris b (2474)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:14 pm
I shall stick with Typhoo then!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:15 pm
Thanks Carole, signed and sent
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:20 pm

Thank you all, who understand that acceptance of an offense to ONE . . . gives ground to potentially offend each of us!
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:21 pm

Mary, you are a dear, lovely lady.
 

KRISTENNOPOSTS B (167)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 3:59 pm
JEEZ THIS REMINDS ME OF THE 80'S AND THE BIG DRUG CARTELS, THE "SLAVES" ATE THE COCA LEAVES TO STAVE OFF HUNGER AND WORK LONGER HOURS......SICKENING. THE BEST WORKERS ARE TREATED LIKE FAMILY.. SAD.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 4:01 pm

I know, Kristen . . . Sometimes, I have to pinch myself to remind me that this is not hundreds of years ago.
 

KRISTENNOPOSTS B (167)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 4:48 pm
WELL, AT LEAST, WE HAVE YOU CAROLE TO BRING THIS TO LIGHT, AND FOR THAT I SAY THANK YOU!
*****************************************************************************************************************************************ALL THESE STARS AND MORE****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
 

Pat B (354)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 4:51 pm
Noted, and signed. TY, Carole!
 

Darlene K (356)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 6:16 pm
noted and action taken, thank you carole
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 6:59 pm

Thank your for your support.
Thanks Just C
 

Janet G (108)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 7:50 pm
Signed and definitely sent, this is disgusting, Thanks Carol. What a world!
 

. (0)
Thursday November 12, 2009, 8:47 pm
Done with much attitude..
 

mary f (200)
Friday November 13, 2009, 2:45 am
signed
 

Naoko i (257)
Friday November 13, 2009, 7:21 am
And their working condition was already very bad. Working or not (be able to be) working, they suffer.
 

. (1)
Friday November 13, 2009, 9:23 am
This is one of the most awful things I have heard of going on in what is supposed to be a civilized world??? Once again, like many other issues at this time, GREED!! Greed in our nation and around the world is quickly becoming the power trip behind so many horrible situations. From some of our media, magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and news, in order to make an extra buck they report the so-called facts, as they see them, and leave out the entire truth. The government has been "all in" for so long over corruption, bribery, pork belly spending, lobbyists, and even though some of that is changing we still have a very long way to go, before the issues are cleaned up for good. We are not the only nation with heinous corruption, slander, and pay offs. Other foreign countries are much worse than us when it comes to extreme corruption of the ir governments. The old saying that still holds the truth in a billion ways... " MONEY is the ROOT of all EVIL!" The majority of people that have a great deal of wealth, always want more. Those in powerful positions, want more power. It is an innate form of the very core of human nature... there are the "have's" and the "have nots"

The "have's" always want more... and for the most part the "half not's" are simply satisfied with what they have been blessed with.
 

Faith M (161)
Friday November 13, 2009, 11:35 am
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signed hon
 

Glenda J (158)
Friday November 13, 2009, 12:40 pm
Thank you for placing this I have signed and pushed forward to others for signatures..Unfortunately we are going to be experiencing a lot more than just this there are more Dark entities on this Planet as we speak today..this has already been written we have been here before and need to override all the negativity and keep on truckin with our intentions of good for Human and Animal rights in the world. Were here to push forward and not give up regardless of how devastating it is to our mental psyche.
 

KRISTENNOPOSTS B (167)
Friday November 13, 2009, 2:03 pm
HEY PAM I THINK RELIGION IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, GREEDY (MY SISTER) CAN CHANGE IN A MOMENT.. RELIGION TAKES A BIT LONGER
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 14, 2009, 1:55 pm
Signed and with this signature comes a boycott of Tetley tea. I refuse to support people that bite the hand that feeds them.
 

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday November 14, 2009, 5:27 pm
Noted, signed, and I agree with Elle.
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Saturday November 14, 2009, 7:02 pm
I signed when this was posted and wrote calling for an international boycott complaint to the Human Rights commission and said (my) President should be contacted about sanctions.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday November 16, 2009, 5:02 am
Greed has surpassed humanity!!!
 

Gudrun D (447)
Monday November 16, 2009, 8:23 pm
Thank your for your support.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 22, 2009, 8:26 am
I signed right away I can't believe this is still happening to these innocent people who work so hard for all of us.
 

. (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 12:56 am
And Care2 promotes this company in the click-to-donate?
 

. (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 1:00 am
Recent reports disclose the horrific reality behind the Tetley tea empire -- workers on plantations in northern India, including children, are paid less than $3 a day to pick our tea.

They toil from dawn until dusk, often spraying industrial pesticides with little protection, and going back to run-down homes that are open to rain and wind -- their only option. Researchers say that overflowing latrines have created “a network of cesspools” within the living area for employees and their families.

But the massive corporation that owns Tetley, Tata Global Beverages, is refusing to take serious action. Instead, it’s only committed to a weak, 15 year plan to boost the industry’s “sustainability” -- failing to acknowledge how bad conditions really are. We need to speak out and tell Tetley that the plan isn’t good enough, and 15 years is too long.

Tell Tetley to comply with labour laws and upgrade the working and living conditions at its plantations now.

In response to reports, the World Bank is launching a full investigation into what it calls the “potentially significant adverse” environmental and social impacts on plantations owned by Tata, an Indian conglomerate that also owns Jaguar Land Rover, operating in more than 80 countries across six continents.

The World Bank’s announcement was followed by the publication of a damning report by the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, which visited 17 of 24 Tata plantations during two years of its own investigation. Senior plantation managers told the researchers not to listen to the workers because they had “low IQs” and were “like cattle.”

These comments reflect the caste system at work on the plantations in Assam. The tea workers come from two marginalized communities -- Adivasis (indigenous people) and Dalits (the so-called “untouchable” caste).. They remain trapped in the lowest employment positions on the plantation, where they are routinely treated as social inferiors, even though discrimination against lower castes is illegal in India.

Demand that our tea is free of suffering. Tata, and its subsidiary Tetley, must improve the lives of its workers now.

Together, we've had major success before against big multinational companies exploiting workers. After months of pressure from SumOfUs members, both Australian brand Woolworths and UK chain River Island signed onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, after the Tazreen and Rana Plaza garment factory collapses -- a huge win for Bangladeshi garment workers. We can take on Tetley.

Thanks for all that you do,

Hanna, Martin, Kaytee, and the rest of us at SumOfUs.org



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More information:

Abused workers toil for Tetley tea, 12 February, Telegraph

Your Tetley tea won't taste so good after you read this, 13 February, Grist

 
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