Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tea exploitation

Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford healthcare.

Some workers at tea estates certified by Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade taking home as little as 26 Sri Lankan rupees (14 U.S. cents) a day after fees and deductions levied without consent.

Labourers in Nuwara Eliya - a district in Sri Lanka's central highlands - said their wages were also halved if they failed to meet a daily picking quota or arrived to work late.

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