As­sam tea work­ers get only 7% of price, says re­port

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

brands and su­per­mar­kets cap­ture over two thirds of the price paid by con­sumers for As­sam tea in In­dia with just 7% re­main­ing for work­ers of es­tates, ac­cord­ing to a re­search re­leased on Thurs­day. The new re­search, com­mis­sioned by Ox­fam and un­der­taken by the Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ences (TISS), called for ur­gent ac­tion from su­per­mar­kets, tea brands and state au­thor­i­ties to end the suf­fer­ing of As­sam’s tea work­ers. The “re­lent­less squeeze by su­per­mar­kets and brands on the share of the end con­sumer price” for tea makes poverty and hard­ship for work­ers in As­sam more likely, said the re­port af­ter in­ter­view­ing 510 work­ers in 50 tea es­tates in the state to as­cer­tain the main chal­lenges faced by work­ers.

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