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Nine Years of Neglect on Tata - World Bank Plantations

Deaths on Indian Tea Estates under the World Bank’s Watch

On April 27th, 2018 PAJHRA and PAD sent a letter to the World Bank Group’s independent complaint office, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), highlighting that the Bank’s neglect over the last nine years has contributed to deaths and injuries on tea plantations in the North-East of the country. Exactly nine years ago, on April 27, 2009, the World Bank invested in Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), one of India’s largest tea producers. APPL is majority owned by the Tata Group and has 25 tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal.
“Nine years after the World Bank invested in APPL, we hear stories of tea workers – often young women and men – and their children, who have died following work-related accidents, prolonged exposure to hazardous pesticides, and a lack of adequate medical care,” said Wilfred Topno, Secretary, PAD.
When the World Bank invested in APPL, it said the investment would empower workers through a worker shareholder program, improve labour conditions, and achieve a significant development impact for 155,000 people that live and work on the plantations. But the Bank has neglected its duties to ensure its public funds serve its mandate of reducing poverty.
“Recently, in APPL’s Hattigor tea plantation, we documented the death of a 40-year-old worker who was assigned pesticide spraying duties even though the plantation knew of his tuberculosis. One day, he was riding his bicycle while carrying pesticide cans when he became dizzy, fell to the ground, and injured his head and neck. He died soon after,” said Stephen Ekka, Director of PAJHRA.
PAJHRA and PAD’s letter to the CAO documents seven such stories of death and injury by neglect in the last two years. This includes the story of a young worker who lost her baby to cardiac arrest when she was forced to deliver the baby in a car on the way to an external hospital. Her earlier requests for an ultrasound were allegedly refused by plantation hospital staff. Another case concerns a 32-year-old worker who died after severing off two fingers of his hand while operating a tea-plucking machine. He too died, after allegedly receiving poor medical care.
These stories likely skim the surface of a systemic and widespread problem. They have previously not come to light due to strict surveillance on the plantations, designed to prevent public scrutiny and keep workers from complaining. It is unclear whether local police authorities were informed and a Magisterial inquiry conducted, as required under Indian law when deaths occur allegedly due to machinery or accidents.
In November 2016, the CAO released an investigation report finding that the Bank had failed to remedy low wages, restricted freedom of association, poor housing and sanitation, and dangerous pesticide exposure at APPL. It also found failures in the shareholder program with respect to consultation and information disclosure. But the Bank chose to disagree with many of the CAO’s findings, and has done little to address the problems.
“The abysmally low wages on Assam tea plantations – which are less than the state- mandated minimum – is a root-cause of many of the problems,” said Jayshree Satpute, co- founder of Nazdeek, a supporting organisation. “Workers are unable to afford the bare necessities, let alone the cost of medical care, which is too often necessary due to the sub- standard care provided by APPL hospitals. The Plantations Labour Act continues to be flagrantly breached.”
PAJHRA and PAD are working closely with tea workers, unions, and grassroots groups across Assam to demand a wage of Rs. 350 per day. Presently, tea workers in Assam are paid a daily wage of only Rs. 137 pursuant to a wage agreement that expired in 2017.
While the Bank points to financial constraints faced by APPL as an excuse for slow progress, the remuneration of key managerial personnel at APPL has significantly increased over the last two years. The salary of APPL’s Managing Director, for instance, increased from over 9 million rupees in 2016 to over 14 million rupees in 2017.
“The World Bank has utterly failed to exercise its leverage to address the CAO’s damning findings,” said Anirudha Nagar, South Asia Director of Accountability Counsel, a supporting organisation. “While APPL management lines their pockets, the Bank should be providing funding and ensuring budgets are appropriately directed towards the health and safety of workers in the face of preventable deaths. But, the Bank is neither on the Board of Directors nor on a committee established to implement an action plan. The Bank has also failed to consult workers on how to improve conditions, so it has chosen to selectively hear the skewed perspectives of APPL management. The Bank is not being the honest, neutral broker it holds itself out to be.”
Media reports suggest that Tata Global Beverages may sell its stake in the plantations.
“Moving forward, we demand that the World Bank continue to remain invested and work towards a safe, healthy, and secure future for workers,” said Stephen Ekka. “In the event the Bank sells its shares before making improvements, it cannot be allowed to profit. We demand any financial gain earned on the back of workers risking their lives be fully channelled into protecting their health and safety,” said Wilfred Topno.

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YEARS OF EXPLOITATION

Do you relish a cup of tea when you wake up in the morning? Did you know that the tea you are drinking could be produced by workers who suffer exploitative conditions?

 

In Assam, the world’s largest tea growing region, there are nearly 1 million tea plantation workers and their families who depend on a meagre cash wage of 126 Rupees a day, that is less than 2 British pounds and lower than the minimum wage mandated by law. In addition, they live in appalling conditions with poor access to basic services like water, health and sanitation, which expose them to malnutrition, disease, and preventable deaths. These conditions are common across most tea plantations in Assam, and result in the region holding India’s highest maternal mortality rate and one of the highest rates of infant mortality.

 

Tea workers in Assam mostly belong to adivasi or indigenous communities forcibly brought from central India over 150 years ago under British rule. Ever since, workers have been entrapped in a cycle of servitude for generations, depending on their employer for almost every aspect of their lives.

 

You can help to break this cycle! Bring digniTEA to those who bring you tea!

CAO REPORT TIMELINE

2009 Good Intentions

The World Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) invests in Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), formerly owned by Tata Tea Limited (now Tata Global Beverages Limited), with a view to implementing a sustainable “worker-shareholder” model.

2010 The Violations

Report titled In Cold Blood: Death by Poison, Death by Bullets published on human rights violations on Tata/Tetley controlled tea estate in Assam, India.

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2013 First Action

Community organisations, PAJHRA, PAD, and DBSS file a complaint to the World Bank Group’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (“CAO”) on behalf of tea garden workers in Assam, India.

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2013 Following Up

The CAO visits Assam and meets with workers, NGOs, and APPL representatives. In November, 2013, the CAO completes their assessment report, and the case is transferred to the Compliance function.

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2014 Further Study

Columbia Law School Institute for Human Rights releases "The More Things Change…”: The World Bank, Tata and Enduring Abuses on India’s Tea Plantations," an extensive study of labor and human rights violations on APPL plantations. Responses from the IFC and APPL are available.

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2014 More Detail

Complainants submit a supplement to their original complaint, outlining APPL violations of IFC standards, domestic and international law to the CAO in advance of their investigation.

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2014 Investigations Begin

CAO releases their appraisal report and terms of reference, authorising a full investigation into IFC’s environmental and social performance with respect to the APPL investment.

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2015 First Step for Rights

The Government of Assam proposes to revise the minimum daily wage of tea workers to Rs.177, consisting of a cash wage of Rs.143 and other benefits, however tea plantation companies file litigation in the Guwahati High Court to prevent the State Government from doing so.

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2015 Field Work

CAO Compliance team conducts a field visit to APPL plantations, including meetings with workers and management.

2015 BBC Investigates

BBC News-Radio 4 joint investigation finds abysmal living and working conditions on certain tea plantations in Assam.

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2015 More Failures

Complainants submit additional information outlining the IFC’s failures to meet due diligence and supervisory obligations. The letter contains several enclosures, which are available here.

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2016 Submission

CAO sends final investigation report to the IFC for official response.

2016 Final CAO Report

CAO releases its final investigation report and the IFC's response to its investigation.
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Click here to read the IFC's response.

CAO Website

Tata Tea case page on the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman

2015 Additional Info Submission

Complainants submit additional information outlining the IFC’s failures to meet due diligence and supervisory obligations

2014 Complaint Supplement

Complainants submit a supplement to their original complaint, outlining APPL violations of IFC standards, domestic and international law to the CAO in advance of their investigation.

2013 Community Complaint

Community organisations, PAJHRA, PAD, and DBSS file a complaint to the World Bank Group’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (“CAO”) on behalf of tea garden workers in Assam, India.

2016 Management Response

IFC Management Response to the CAO Compliance Investigation Report on IFC's Investment in APPL

2016 CAO Report

CAO Investigation of IFC Environmental and Social Performance in relation to APPL

2016 COMMUNIQUÉ

Communique from the Office of CAO on the release of it's investigation report into IFC investments in APPL

2015 Complaint Enclosures

Complainants full letter including all enclosures

2014 CAO Appraisal Report

CAO releases their appraisal report and terms of reference, authorising a full investigation into IFC’s environmental and social performance with respect to the APPL investment.

2014 CAO Terms of Reference

CAO releases their appraisal report and terms of reference, authorising a full investigation into IFC’s environmental and social performance with respect to the APPL investment.

2016

CAO Report

2014 CAO Terms of Reference

CAO releases their appraisal report and terms of reference, authorising a full investigation into IFC’s environmental and social performance with respect to the APPL investment.

2010 In Cold Blood

Report titled In Cold Blood: Death by Poison, Death by Bullets published on human rights violations on Tata/Tetley controlled tea estate in Assam, India.

2014 CAO Appraisal Report

CAO releases their appraisal report and terms of reference, authorising a full investigation into IFC’s environmental and social performance with respect to the APPL investment.

2014 Columbia Law School Report

Columbia Law School Institute for Human Rights releases “The More Things Change…”: The World Bank, Tata and Enduring Abuses on India’s Tea Plantations,” an extensive study of labor and human rights violations on APPL plantations.

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2015 BBC Investigation

BBC News-Radio 4 joint investigation finds abysmal living and working conditions on certain tea plantations in Assam.

Struggle for Life: Malnutrition

Because of poor living conditions and poverty-level wages, tea workers and their families are severely malnourished. Anemia, a condition resulting from malnutrition, is the leading cause of maternal mortality in India. Malnutrition also inhibits children’s growth and significantly endangers their lives. 95% of women working in the tea gardens are anemic and only 2 of out 14 meals consumed in a week by Adivasi women workers are nutritional.

Honoring the Women Who Labour

A triptych film on the Adivasi mothers of yesterday and today

2013 The Guardian

How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India's trade in child slavery

NAZDEEK: Bringing Justice Close to Assam's Tea Garden workers

For the last two years, Nazdeek has been working in Assam along with grassroots organisations to bring justice to the tea garden workers. Watch this overview on our efforts and achievements. For more info: www.nazdeek.org

Struggle for Life: Isolation

Plantations were designed as isolated enclaves, secluded from Assam’s mainstream in a system designed to maintain control and breed profit. A near unbreakable cycle of birth and death persists today, with generations of workers beginning and ending their lives within the plantation’s four walls.

Struggle for Life: Maternal Health

India has one of the highest number of preventable maternal deaths in the world. Systemic discrimination against women, particularly those from indigenous and dalit communities, drive India’s high maternal mortality rate. Assam leads the country with the highest Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). 77 percent of maternal deaths in Assam are in the tea gardens. Social isolation in the tea gardens leave many women unable to access rural maternal health and nutrition resources. Under-equipped and unhygienic healthcare facilities place the lives of every mother and newborn at risk during pregnancy and childbirth.

Struggle for Life: Poor Working Conditions

Despite laws protecting the labour rights of female workers, women are paid below the minimum wage (earn Rs 126 v minimum wage of Rs 240) and lack access to latrines, safe drinking water and crèches to care for their children during work hours. Female labourers work under strenuous conditions, required to pluck 24 kgs of tea a day with little or no breaks. If they don’t meet their daily targets, their wage is reduced.

NAZDEEK: Modern day feudalism in Assam

Modern day feudalism persists today in Assam's tea gardens, where workers face labor and human rights violations at the hands of tea companies. To learn more and support our work visit: www.nazdeek.org For more info: www.nazdeek.org

NEWS ARTICLES

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2017

2016

05 December 2016

ESCER-NET: Nazdeek and Accountability Council demand accountability for Assam tea workers

12 November 2016

BBC News – Indian tea workers’ conditions remain very poor

11 November 2016

Hindustan Times – Tata Tea project failed to protect Indian staff

11 November 2016

The Irrawaddy – Tata Tea Project Fails to Protect Indian Workers

10 November 2016

Reuters: World Bank probe into Tata tea project finds it failed to protect Indian workers

10 November 2016

Economic Times – World Bank probe into Tata Tea project finds it failed to protect workers

09 November 2016

Times of India – Assam tea company denying benefits to workers

08 November 2016

Counterview : World Bank auditor’s concern over workers’ living conditions, wages and child labour in tea gardens

08 November 2016

Human Rights Watch: World Bank Group: India Tea Investment Tramples Rights

08 November 2016

Live Mint – IFC didn’t follow due process while investing in APPL: World Bank

07 November 2016

Huffpost: World Bank Finds Evidence Of Labour Abuse On Assam Tea Plantations It Owns With The Tatas

07 November 2016

The Assam Tribune – World Bank, Tata group come under scanner

25 October 2016

Dublin Inquirer – Where do Barry’s Tea and Lyons Get Their Tea From?

04 October 2016

Open Democracy – World Bank investment on Assam’s tea plantations: hearing the voices of workers?

11 August 2016

Nikkei Asian Review – World Bank unit’s wage scandal at Tata tea estates a lesson in due diligence

23 July 2016

Scroll – Young mothers are dying in Assam’s tea gardens at a rate higher than anywhere in India

15 July 2016

BBC – The dark history behind India and the UK’s favourite drink

18 May 2016

Open Democracy – From colonials to corporates: maternal mortality in Assam’s tea gardens

05 April 2016

The BMJ – Assam: India’s state with the highest maternal mortality

04 April 2016

Hindustan Times – Assam polls: Plight of tea garden workers continues despite promises

29 March 2016

First Post – Assam polls 2016: BJP must win trust before votes to overthrow Congress in tea gardens

27 March 2016

NDTV – PM Modi ‘Bulldozed’ Rights Of Tea Garden Workers In Assam

18 February 2016

Eco-Business: World Bank probes Tata tea project over worker abuse in India

07 February 2016

NDTV – Assam Tea Workers Await Tribal Status As Congress, BJP Fight For Their Vote

22 January 2016

Live Mint – Brewing change in Indian tea

14 January 2016

The Guardian – Supply chain audits fail to detect abuses, says report

14 January 2016

BBC – UK tea brands drop Indian supplier over work conditions

2015

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TEA GARDEN FACTS
77%
Assam Maternal Deaths that happen in the Tea Plantations
17%
World's Tea Supply that comes from Assam
95%
Women in the Tea Plantations who are Anaemic
0%
0.16% Tea Workers Profit when compared to the rest of Tea Industry
14%
Meals a week eaten by female workers that are nutritional
100%
Workers who are being Paid Below Minimum Wage
Stand in SolidariTEA with those who bring you tea

In November 2017, a petition was delivered to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with more than 67,000 signatures collected by the Care2 social networking website. The petition calls on the IFC to act on the ongoing mistreatment of the tea workers and begin a consultation with workers to improve their working and housing conditions, increase wages, and give workers a voice in the management of plantations. Some of the signatories to the petition share why they became a part of the movement to demand AccountabiliTEA for tea workers in Assam.

"To the IFC I enjoy having my tea but it’s not humane to hurt the workers who make this possible. Please honour your promises to protect the rights of these poor people. Please stop Hurting them, please!"

Vijaya Subramoney, Jo’burg SA

2018-01-09T21:36:55+00:00

Vijaya Subramoney, Jo’burg SA

"To the IFC I enjoy having my tea but it’s not humane to hurt the workers who make this possible. Please honour your promises to protect the rights of these poor people. Please stop Hurting them, please!"
"Important because this institution has committed itself to development - improving the lives of those in poverty. By providing finance to businesses without taking any due diligence measures, they are breaking part of this commitment."

Gabriela Radu, Washington DC, US

2018-01-08T23:12:04+00:00

Gabriela Radu, Washington DC, US

"Important because this institution has committed itself to development - improving the lives of those in poverty. By providing finance to businesses without taking any due diligence measures, they are breaking part of this commitment."
"Something must be done, absolutely, to end this abuse on Indian tea plantations. The aim of your noble investment (creating jobs to eliminate poverty, while promoting and protecting the health of workers) has not, much unfortunately, been met, so please do whatever needed to keep your promises and achieve your goal."

Maria Machaso, Esposende PT

2018-01-09T21:37:36+00:00

Maria Machaso, Esposende PT

"Something must be done, absolutely, to end this abuse on Indian tea plantations. The aim of your noble investment (creating jobs to eliminate poverty, while promoting and protecting the health of workers) has not, much unfortunately, been met, so please do whatever needed to keep your promises and achieve your goal."
"Because my family members are tea workers. It affects their life."

Stephen Ekka, Tezpur

2018-01-08T23:13:05+00:00

Stephen Ekka, Tezpur

"Because my family members are tea workers. It affects their life."
"You are stating that you embrace a very high standard of how to help impoverished people, YET you are financing Indian tea plantations that don't seem to mind treating human beings in a TRULY APPALLING MANNER! Malnutrition because of LOW wages and heaven only knows what other rights are being abused! If you want the world to believe you ACTUALLY have a mission to help poor people than END THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ON THE INDIAN TEA PLANTATIONS IT FINANCES!"

Judith Castiano, Peoria, AZ-US

2018-01-09T21:38:34+00:00

Judith Castiano, Peoria, AZ-US

"You are stating that you embrace a very high standard of how to help impoverished people, YET you are financing Indian tea plantations that don't seem to mind treating human beings in a TRULY APPALLING MANNER! Malnutrition because of LOW wages and heaven only knows what other rights are being abused! If you want the world to believe you ACTUALLY have a mission to help poor people than END THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ON THE INDIAN TEA PLANTATIONS IT FINANCES!"
"I am astounded that IFC won't follow its own guidelines. There is widespread acknowledgement that the situation for tea workers in Assam is intolerable. IFC should play a role in bringing about systematic change."

Sloane Hamilton, Oxford, South East, GB

2018-01-08T23:13:42+00:00

Sloane Hamilton, Oxford, South East, GB

"I am astounded that IFC won't follow its own guidelines. There is widespread acknowledgement that the situation for tea workers in Assam is intolerable. IFC should play a role in bringing about systematic change."
"Tea from India is so wonderful, but the abuse of those who grow and harvest it is a blight upon it. Protect those who do the actual work to bring the world their tea."

Gary Kramer-Dodd, Eugene, OR-US

2018-01-09T21:39:29+00:00

Gary Kramer-Dodd, Eugene, OR-US

"Tea from India is so wonderful, but the abuse of those who grow and harvest it is a blight upon it. Protect those who do the actual work to bring the world their tea."
"Having grown up around tea plantations, the discrimination faced by tea labourers combined with paltry wages is evident. This petition is a step towards ending that abuse at a much needed time."

Ayushmita Hazarika, New Delhi

2018-01-08T23:15:11+00:00

Ayushmita Hazarika, New Delhi

"Having grown up around tea plantations, the discrimination faced by tea labourers combined with paltry wages is evident. This petition is a step towards ending that abuse at a much needed time."
"Please address the labor concerns on the tea plantations in India. Workers need to live in safe and healthy situations. Failure to give the workers adequate pay leads to increased health risks and malnutrition, both of which contribute to a likelihood of premature death. I urge you to address these issues."

Kerry Weaver, Vashon, WA-US

2018-01-09T21:40:04+00:00

Kerry Weaver, Vashon, WA-US

"Please address the labor concerns on the tea plantations in India. Workers need to live in safe and healthy situations. Failure to give the workers adequate pay leads to increased health risks and malnutrition, both of which contribute to a likelihood of premature death. I urge you to address these issues."
"As an ardent lover of tea and an author who has published a book on short stories about tea and how versatile it is, it pains my heart that such horrible violations continue to fester under the government's watch. I strongly condemn these violations and would sleep better at night knowing that the people who break their backs picking and growing tea at least have the fundamental necessities of leading a life with dignity."

Varun Thomas, Ahmedabad

2018-01-08T23:16:02+00:00

Varun Thomas, Ahmedabad

"As an ardent lover of tea and an author who has published a book on short stories about tea and how versatile it is, it pains my heart that such horrible violations continue to fester under the government's watch. I strongly condemn these violations and would sleep better at night knowing that the people who break their backs picking and growing tea at least have the fundamental necessities of leading a life with dignity."
More needs to be done to monitor and protect workers and children on Indian Tea Plantations to insure that they receive fair wages, their rights are not being violated, and children and workers are protected.

Patricia Finley, Hurlock, MD-US

2018-01-09T21:40:46+00:00

Patricia Finley, Hurlock, MD-US

More needs to be done to monitor and protect workers and children on Indian Tea Plantations to insure that they receive fair wages, their rights are not being violated, and children and workers are protected.
"I work closely with the plantation workers and I have seen their plight. It's high time that rights of people are given more importance than the profits."

Arpana Choudhary, Tezpur

2018-01-08T23:16:41+00:00

Arpana Choudhary, Tezpur

"I work closely with the plantation workers and I have seen their plight. It's high time that rights of people are given more importance than the profits."
"The IFC has a responsibility to see to it that abuse isn't part of projects they finance. You cannot ignore what is going on on these tea plantations! This has been a very disappointing view into the workings of the World Bank!"

Mary Van Son, Alexandria, VA-US

2018-01-09T21:41:26+00:00

Mary Van Son, Alexandria, VA-US

"The IFC has a responsibility to see to it that abuse isn't part of projects they finance. You cannot ignore what is going on on these tea plantations! This has been a very disappointing view into the workings of the World Bank!"
"I witness the pitiful condition of tea garden laborers & their families in Assam on almost a daily basis."

Wilson Hasda, Kokrajhar

2018-01-08T23:17:28+00:00

Wilson Hasda, Kokrajhar

"I witness the pitiful condition of tea garden laborers & their families in Assam on almost a daily basis."
"The World Bank's IFC MUST be held accountable. If you are an investor and you hear of abuse of workers- YOU MUST STOP IT! You cannot pretend it doesn't exist. You cannot turn a blind eye and think it doesn't matter. It IS the responsibility of IFC to listen to the workers, and be there to monitor the situation so that it STOPS! This is not acceptable."

Stacy R, New York, US

2018-01-09T21:42:10+00:00

Stacy R, New York, US

"The World Bank's IFC MUST be held accountable. If you are an investor and you hear of abuse of workers- YOU MUST STOP IT! You cannot pretend it doesn't exist. You cannot turn a blind eye and think it doesn't matter. It IS the responsibility of IFC to listen to the workers, and be there to monitor the situation so that it STOPS! This is not acceptable."
"Shame on you, managers of the IFC for not fulfilling your own mandate which is to decrease poverty and meet standards to end the abuses on the plantations you finance. According to the Human Rights Watch report and AccountabiliTea, you have failed miserably in your promised goal to empower workers through shared ownership. You need to rectify these problems and become a credible and beneficial organisation again. Yours faithfully, A concerned fellow citizen of this beautiful but troubled planet."

Margaret Vaccari- Sydney NSW AU

2018-01-08T23:18:14+00:00

Margaret Vaccari- Sydney NSW AU

"Shame on you, managers of the IFC for not fulfilling your own mandate which is to decrease poverty and meet standards to end the abuses on the plantations you finance. According to the Human Rights Watch report and AccountabiliTea, you have failed miserably in your promised goal to empower workers through shared ownership. You need to rectify these problems and become a credible and beneficial organisation again. Yours faithfully, A concerned fellow citizen of this beautiful but troubled planet."
"The courage of these workers is inspirational. The World Bank needs to live up to its stated interest in reducing poverty rather than simply investing for the profit of its corporate allies."

Annelise Orleck, Thetford Center, VT-US

2018-01-09T21:43:02+00:00

Annelise Orleck, Thetford Center, VT-US

"The courage of these workers is inspirational. The World Bank needs to live up to its stated interest in reducing poverty rather than simply investing for the profit of its corporate allies."
"If the conditions reported are true at IFC supported Indian Tea Plantations, shame on you and please act to reverse it. Development support should be enhancing the lives of workers, not abusing them. By not acting, you're going against the very reason for your support."

Mimi Sandeen, Chicago, IL, US

2018-01-09T21:31:49+00:00

Mimi Sandeen, Chicago, IL, US

"If the conditions reported are true at IFC supported Indian Tea Plantations, shame on you and please act to reverse it. Development support should be enhancing the lives of workers, not abusing them. By not acting, you're going against the very reason for your support."
"I feel sorry for the workers. Those workers have families that they provide for, so they can't just quit even though they are being mistreated. World Bank's IFC needs to take responsibility to help stop human rights abuses on these Indian tea plantations it finances. They need to stop ignoring the abuse and step in to take care of the workers."

Genevieve Wyatt, Flagstaff, AZ-US

2018-01-09T21:43:46+00:00

Genevieve Wyatt, Flagstaff, AZ-US

"I feel sorry for the workers. Those workers have families that they provide for, so they can't just quit even though they are being mistreated. World Bank's IFC needs to take responsibility to help stop human rights abuses on these Indian tea plantations it finances. They need to stop ignoring the abuse and step in to take care of the workers."
"IFC - Please address and help rectify the labor policies and procedures regarding the Indian Tea Plantation workers. Abuse and unfair conditions & wages for workers is appalling and should not be tolerated.... Please establish better working conditions, liveable wages, and good relationships with your workers. Not only will it benefit the Tea Plantation companies on many levels (i.e., reputation, marketing, deserved profit, etc.), it would create productive and loyal workers, and respect from the 'Tea Consumers' community and businesses... Thank you."

Paula McClure, West Hartford, CT- US

2018-01-09T21:32:29+00:00

Paula McClure, West Hartford, CT- US

"IFC - Please address and help rectify the labor policies and procedures regarding the Indian Tea Plantation workers. Abuse and unfair conditions & wages for workers is appalling and should not be tolerated.... Please establish better working conditions, liveable wages, and good relationships with your workers. Not only will it benefit the Tea Plantation companies on many levels (i.e., reputation, marketing, deserved profit, etc.), it would create productive and loyal workers, and respect from the 'Tea Consumers' community and businesses... Thank you."
"Live up to your commitment to eliminate poverty through this program. Treat those who labor to bring us goods with Justice and dignity. This is an obligation not an option. Those of us who buy fair trade products and other products which claim to be partnering with those who labor rely on the integrity of the employer. Shame on the employer who does not live up to the standards they are advertising."

Donna People Devlin, Waltham, MA-US

2018-01-09T21:44:20+00:00

Donna People Devlin, Waltham, MA-US

"Live up to your commitment to eliminate poverty through this program. Treat those who labor to bring us goods with Justice and dignity. This is an obligation not an option. Those of us who buy fair trade products and other products which claim to be partnering with those who labor rely on the integrity of the employer. Shame on the employer who does not live up to the standards they are advertising."
"Uphold and enforce your own IFC labor and environmental standards! The malnutrition and abusive treatment of workers on Indian Tea Plantations is appalling and must stop, along with the environmental degradation! It's long past time that you live up to your responsibilities and uphold your own very basic standards."

Donna McKee, Lederach, PA-US

2018-01-09T21:33:06+00:00

Donna McKee, Lederach, PA-US

"Uphold and enforce your own IFC labor and environmental standards! The malnutrition and abusive treatment of workers on Indian Tea Plantations is appalling and must stop, along with the environmental degradation! It's long past time that you live up to your responsibilities and uphold your own very basic standards."
"Protect your goal of eliminating poverty while you do, in fact, protect the health of workers, and consult with those workers on the Indian tea plantations to ensure that they are NOT being abused."

Madelyn McCaul, Santa Cruz, CA-US

2018-01-09T21:45:00+00:00

Madelyn McCaul, Santa Cruz, CA-US

"Protect your goal of eliminating poverty while you do, in fact, protect the health of workers, and consult with those workers on the Indian tea plantations to ensure that they are NOT being abused."
"IFC honour your promise and consult with tea plantation workers to reform their labor conditions. Help redistribute some wealth and provide finance for a better, fairer world."

Claire Johnson, Margaret River, WA-US

2018-01-09T21:33:42+00:00

Claire Johnson, Margaret River, WA-US

"IFC honour your promise and consult with tea plantation workers to reform their labor conditions. Help redistribute some wealth and provide finance for a better, fairer world."
"Not adhering your agreed standards of pay for pickers is unlawful and completely abhorrent to basic human rights for the people affected! End under paying workers on plantations now!"

James Bell, Morphett Vale, SA-AU

2018-01-09T21:34:29+00:00

James Bell, Morphett Vale, SA-AU

"Not adhering your agreed standards of pay for pickers is unlawful and completely abhorrent to basic human rights for the people affected! End under paying workers on plantations now!"
"The IFC needs to recognize that all the millions being invested in Indian tea plantations means recognizing that those who pick the tea, the workers, are human beings entitled to their dignity and respect."

Rosemary Rannes, Salem, NH US

2018-01-08T22:24:46+00:00

Rosemary Rannes, Salem, NH US

"The IFC needs to recognize that all the millions being invested in Indian tea plantations means recognizing that those who pick the tea, the workers, are human beings entitled to their dignity and respect."
"I love tea and drink many cups every day. I try to get fair trade whenever I can, but it's not always possible. It simply isn't acceptable for the IFC to ignore abuses suffered by tea plantation workers supposedly under their oversight. This must be addressed immediately, so people's lives aren't ruined to give us our daily cuppa."

Hailey O’Donovan,  Dalkey, IE

2018-01-09T21:35:26+00:00

Hailey O’Donovan,  Dalkey, IE

"I love tea and drink many cups every day. I try to get fair trade whenever I can, but it's not always possible. It simply isn't acceptable for the IFC to ignore abuses suffered by tea plantation workers supposedly under their oversight. This must be addressed immediately, so people's lives aren't ruined to give us our daily cuppa."
"I don't want to add sugar to a bitter tea I just want it fresh and loved by healthy workers in the fields."

Gisli Ingvarsson, Tromsø, IS

2018-01-09T21:36:03+00:00

Gisli Ingvarsson, Tromsø, IS

"I don't want to add sugar to a bitter tea I just want it fresh and loved by healthy workers in the fields."
"As a nation of tea drinkers, we owe it to the people who work on Tea plantations, that their working conditions have good standards, and their wages and benefits provide health and well-being."

Wendy Miller, Hillsborough, US

2018-01-08T22:45:30+00:00

Wendy Miller, Hillsborough, US

"As a nation of tea drinkers, we owe it to the people who work on Tea plantations, that their working conditions have good standards, and their wages and benefits provide health and well-being."
"As a daily tea consumer, I want to know that workers in tea production are treated well and fairly."

Julia Shepardsor, Portola Valley- CA-US

2018-01-08T22:46:06+00:00

Julia Shepardsor, Portola Valley- CA-US

"As a daily tea consumer, I want to know that workers in tea production are treated well and fairly."

Tea workers in Assam depend on the tea industry as their sole source of livelihood. Don’t abandon them by boycotting Assam tea. Instead, continue to proudly drink Assam tea but use your voice to demand change. Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) is owned by the Tata Group and the World Bank. We urge you to reach out to them to demand living wages, decent housing, adequate health care and better education for workers.

 

You can also join the movement to demand AccountabiliTEA and show your support to tea workers in Assam. Use your twitter handle and other social media tools to reach out to the IFC (you can use the suggested tweets below).!

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Promotion and Advancement of Justice, Harmony and Rights of Adivasis (PAJHRA) is an initiative of Adivasis of Assam from all walks of life. In the Adivasia (Sadri) language, PAJHRA, means ‘Life Spring’. As an organisation, PAJHRA tries to steer Adivasis towards self development by networking and collaborating with Adivasi community members and organizations including student organizations, women’s organizations, literary bodies and different Adivasi NGOs. PAJHRA also relates and partners with non-Adivasi NGOs, church development agencies, human rights bodies and many regional and national development agencies.

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