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A Bitter Cup

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A_Bitter_CupIt has been nearly 40 years since War on Want first highlighted the exploitation of tea workers in its report The State of Tea. That report focused on Sri Lanka and found that workers struggled on low wages, were exposed to unsafe conditions and lived in substandard housing.

War on Want's new report, A Bitter Cup, focussing on tea workers in Kenya and India, shows a situation that has hardly changed. Based on interviews with workers, it shows that although the tea industry is booming and supermarkets are cashing in, workers are harassed, poorly paid and denied trade union rights on tea plantations and in tea packing factories.

Supermarkets have invariably failed to use their influence to improve this situation, so War on Want has been campaigning for the UK government to implement binding regulatory measures to protect workers overseas.

The report is a joint publication with UNITE the Union, which is campaigning for workers' rights in supply chains in the UK.

War on Want has a long history of working in partnership with both UK and international trade unions and with grassroots organisations in developing countries to combat the root causes of poverty. Similarly, Unite has a proud tradition of activism in support of workers' rights around the world.

The report highlights ways that we can press both government and companies to change the way workers are treated in supply chains across the world.

Please take action now to call on the UK government to establish a Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment that would have authority to investigate the abuse of workers overseas and allow them to seek redress in the UK when they suffer from exploitative buying practices.


EC_logo This report was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of the report are the sole responsibility of War on Want and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.  
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