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Date updated : 21-Jun-2018

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That's terrible, that's Tetley! - tea workers denied their human right to safe drinking water

For the past two years workers, mainly women, on plantations in the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal which supply tea giant Tetley have been organizing to demand decent water and sanitation - a fundamental human right.

For years, workers complained to management; their complaints were ignored. With the support of the IUF, the workers formed water and sanitation committees on 6 plantations to document the abominable conditions and to propose concrete improvements.

At campaign meetings and rallies on World Water Day this year, the workers called on Tetley to acknowledge its responsibility to ensure respect for human rights in the supply chain by pushing local plantation management to engage in good faith negotiations with the committees.

In response, Tetley has publicly acknowledged that plantation workers face water and sanitation 'challenges' (not human rights violations), and that it has a 'phased action plan' to address the challenges. The 'action plan' however, excludes the workers' committees. Workers have dismissed their claims, insisting that the issue is their right to water and sanitation, that lack of access to potable water and adequate sanitation facilities affect their families' lives and health, and that there is no sustainable solution without their direct involvement.

USE THE FORM BELOW to send a message to Tetley insisting they address human rights violations by negotiating with the workers' self-organized water and sanitation committees!

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To Lakshmanan Krishnakumar, Executive Director and Group CFO, Tata Global Beverages
Cc John Jacob, Director, Tata Global Beverages Overseas Ltd


Dear Mr. Krishnakumar

For the past two years workers on tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal which supply tea to Tetley have been organizing to demand decent water and sanitation - a fundamental human right. The workers formed committees to document the abominable conditions and propose concrete improvements. On World Water Day 2018, the workers and the international trade union federation IUF called on Tetley to acknowledge its responsibility to ensure respect for human rights in the supply chain by pushing local plantation management to engage in good faith negotiations with the committees.

Tetley has now publicly acknowledged that plantation workers face water and sanitation 'challenges' (not human rights violations), and that it has a 'phased action plan' to address the challenges, but the 'action plan' excludes the workers' committees. The workers insist that the issue is their right to water and sanitation, that lack of access to potable water and adequate sanitation facilities affect their family's lives and health, and that there is no sustainable solution without their direct involvement.

I call on Tata Global Beverages to respect its international human rights responsibilities by acting to facilitate direct negotiations between management and the self-organized water and sanitation committees on these plantations.

Yours sincerely

If you wish to send your own message and not use this text, please open your email client and paste these addresses into the To field:
l.krishnakumar@tataglobalbeverages.com
help@tetley.co.uk
info@tetleyteaacademy.co.uk
john.jacob@tataglobalbeverages.com



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