The tea in German supermarkets mostly comes from Assam in the north of India. Mainly female tea pickers harvest the leaves by hand. The leaves are being processed in factories near the plantations. Very few intermediaries determine the prices that big companies pay to take over the profitable steps of production: buying, blending, packing and reselling through our supermarkets and discount stores.
The tea plantations are responsible for the basic supply of the workers. It translates with the workers being greatly dependent on the employers who pass on the pressure on the price further down the chain. Aside from a lack of clean water and sanitation, an insufficient supply of food and housing, our tea features illnesses caused by pesticides, both with workers and their families. The income of about one Euro per day is far below the world bank‘s extreme poverty line.
Who receives the money?
We are in correspondence with a union in Assam that is committed to fostering a nationwide fair wage for tea plantation workers.
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