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Your Next Cup of Tea Could Be Supporting Child Slavery

World  (tags: Tea companies, Assam, slavery, abuse, business, sanitation, Tea plantations, human rights )

- 1320 days ago -
At Doomur Dullung, one of the region's enormous plantations, which grows tea for major brands such as Lipton, PG Tips, Tetley, and Twinings, living and working conditions are horrific.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 1:58 am
Signed and shared everywhere petition
Thanks Nancy.

Ben O (135)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 2:30 am
Not my organic, Fair Trade tea, thanks!

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 2:38 am
noted & signed; Thank you Nancy!

I only buy my organic Darjeeling-tea out of sustainable and fair traded plantations and I do that since over 20 years!

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 2:59 am
Signed and will share

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 7:12 am
I was going to say support FairTrade, whilst that is good, it isn't the answer.

All tea workers deserve a decent living wage and good living and working conditions.
The Tea Industry is huge and there is enough money there to achieve these just goals.
It is sheer exploitation ... No excuses.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 7:28 am
Signed.....I drink coffee

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 10:09 am
Signed thanks Nancy. As I point out repeatedly it is consumers that drive all industries. Stories like this help us support industries that are fair to their workers as well as the environment.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 6:13 pm
I buy organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee beans...but the tea workers' living conditions are deplorable and for many, too many, unsanitary. That should be motivation for any of these huge corporations to invest in their employees. Boycott and share this info and petition. Please expose yet another travesty against local workers used (and abused) as slaves.

fly bird (26)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 8:48 pm
This is terrible - disgusting!!'' Thank you fo posting this.

Lipton will have to go, no more Lipton for me - I used to buy the organic tea, will have to go back to fair trade.


These are the same kind of practices and serious health hazards, in many other places growing cotton, using poisonous dyes and toxic sprays to kill larvae. I didn't know about the working conditions of tea workers.


Past Member (0)
Sunday September 13, 2015, 10:09 pm
Noted--thanks Nancy.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday September 14, 2015, 3:58 am
There have been a number of articles, films & petitions that have been posted about the tea plantations - & not only the child workers ON the plantations but related trafficking

Tea Workers in India Falling Prey to Human Traffickers
End Human Trafficking in Assam - Petition: PLEASE SIGN
Tata Help Stop The Human Traffik From Tea Plantations - Petition

There has been a little change - but far from enough.
It is more than time for such practices to come to an end.

I don't drink tea, so can't boycott very effectively (but when I need to buy for guests, I look for fair trade tea ...)

Thanks for posting

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 14, 2015, 10:34 am
These tea plantations have NO excuse. Man said in video he had 5 years to do something about toilets, we when people have to go 5 years is unacceptable for this sort of thing that brings disease. The Elder said she asked for her toilet fixed 37 years ago! So much longer than 5 years, so that is BS.

It wouldn't take money to repair these dwellings that are tiny to begin with. These tea plantations are making big money. People need to start spitting upon those who are at the top of the food chain so to speak, those making the most money off the backs of these poor people. The CEO's and upper management, how dare you, how can you sleep at night.

They should be forced to spend a month living in the same conditions as the people who are working for them, see how quickly things would change. India should make law to this, in fact India fails it people constantly in a lot of ways. I signed of coarse, and thanks Evelyn for posting the story that I had also done awhile back, is too bad nothing major has happened for these people in all that time.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 14, 2015, 11:27 am
Signed! Thanks, Nancy

John De Avalon (36)
Monday September 14, 2015, 12:19 pm
I don't think giving up tea is the answer either! On the contrary, if you drink tea contact the manufacturer and make a complaint and threaten to stop buying their product,. that gives them an incentive to take action.

Stopping buying tea altogether will only put workers out of jobs.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Monday September 14, 2015, 12:53 pm

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday September 14, 2015, 1:08 pm
Boycotting and "changing your brand", even if a thousand people do it, has ZERO result, as Tea is consumed ALL OVER THE WORLD by the literally BILLIONS of cups! EVERY DAY.
All "Boycotting" does is make YOU feel good about YOURSELF.
Does exactly NOTHING, ZILCH, for those workers.
"I've got MINE, so F... you, Jack!"

We can hope that Videos and Expose's such as this one, SHAME THE COMPANIES on a wide scale.
The MAJOR WORLD'S TEA SUPPLIERS could CARE LESS about even the Threat of "Boycotts", as BILLIONS OF TEA CONSUMERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, WILL NEVER EVEN HEAR ABOUT ANY BOYCOTTS, let alone participate in any! That's right, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DAILY CONSUMERS OF TEA won't know about any boycotts, won't ever hear about any, maybe don't even know any alternate brands of tea...

So VIDEOS SHAMING THE MAJOR TEA COMPANIES might make CHANGES AT THE TOP, including at the GOVERNMENT LEVEL, even tho those Govts are Corrupt and Paid-off...
We got to keep reminding the CEOs, and relying on the GOOD WILL of the 1%... to decrease their Profit$$$$$ just a TINY BIT...
Because, you see, whatever it does to PEOPLE,
Human Life is CHEAP, so WHAT if lots of them are sick, starved, and die, there's always enuf ones to keep working...
That is the CAPITALIST SYSTEM, that ALWAYS, in its IDEOLOGY, puts PROFIT$$$$$ over PEOPLE, over HUMAN BEINGS....
Just as long as A FEW BENEFIT, and you & I are among those, we get the crumbs.....

Patricia Cannell (825)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 9:04 am
Signed and noted. So sad.

Ruth L (237)
Wednesday September 16, 2015, 3:33 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Nancy

Ruth L (237)
Wednesday September 16, 2015, 3:36 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Nancy

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:02 am

ERIKA S (58)
Monday September 21, 2015, 12:47 am
Thank you for telling World Leaders that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.

Kamia T (89)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 10:35 am
Noted and already signed through direct email. The reality is that those of us who have grown accustomed to low-priced foods and drinks are the ones to blame for these travesties, because without low-cost slave labor, the low-cost food wouldn't exist. Buy local from small family farms and organic producers and be prepared to pay a fair price!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2015, 9:31 pm
Very interesting! This work is really satisfactory for us. Thanks Aljaz

penny C (83)
Friday January 8, 2016, 8:23 am
Thanks Aijaz.
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