Traidcraft Exchange are Asking: Who Picked My Tea? - FreedomUnited.org
Campaign Update:

August 13, 2018: Great news! Twinings has joined Yorkshire Tea and published a full list of their suppliers from Assam. You can take a look at their sourcing map here. Together Twinings and Yorkshire make up nearly one-third of the UK tea market so these are significant steps forward. Let’s persuade the four other companies to do the same.

Traidcraft Exchange are Asking: Who Picked My Tea?

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Many tea blends include tea from Assam, where people get poverty wages, are scared to speak up and have no way out. The big tea brands – Unilever (PG Tips and Lipton), Twinings, Apeejay (Typhoo), Yorkshire Tea, Tata (Tetley) and Clipper – are well aware of this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it.

But you can get them to do more. It starts by asking a simple question: who picked my tea?

People like Maloti (pictured above) work long hours in the tea gardens carrying heavy loads, often without proper equipment or even shoes.  Workers are paid just £1.50 a day, and the services the estates are supposed to provide – like housing, clinics and schools – are often poor quality or even non-existent.

“They don’t repair the houses. We register complaints to the management, they note it down, but that remains in the register, they give no importance.”

These appalling conditions are well known in the UK tea industry, which has been buying tea from Assam for years as one of the leading importing countries. But brands aren’t doing enough to challenge Assam tea estate owners or to improve their own buying practices.

That’s why Traidcraft Exchange is launching a campaign to ask tea brands to do the right thing and step up on behalf of people like Maloti.

So please add your voice and ask the big tea brands: “Who picked my tea?”

  • August 13, 2018: Great news! Twinings has joined Yorkshire Tea and published a full list of their suppliers from Assam. You can take a look at their sourcing map here. Together Twinings and Yorkshire make up nearly one-third of the UK tea market so these are significant steps forward. Let’s persuade the four other companies to do the same.

  • June 19, 2018: Success! Yorkshire Tea has published a full list of their suppliers just one month after Traidcraft Exchange launched their campaign. Let’s keep going to persuade other companies to do the same.

Jun 05, 2018 Campaign Launches

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Margaux Schneider

Let’s be leaders and pay above minimum. So pickers can live and recommend to others that Twinings pays well!
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Marnie Slade
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Marnie Slade

I will only buy fair-trade tea, I’m very sad to see our ‘homely’ tea makers taking advantage of vulnerable individuals in order to pour themselves more profit. I am not at all surprised by Unilever, I believer their morals to be pretty non existent

Sarah F. Melcher
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Sarah F. Melcher

I’m American but was raised on English tea in Denver, Colorado by my English mother. I still have my tiny teacup from when I was 2 years old, And I buy PG Tips, Tetley, Twinings, and Typhoo here. I’m appalled to learn how Britain still adheres to slavery of the worst kind. I’ll start looking for better brands from corporations with morals and a conscience. I can’t describe my disappointment for and loathing of these companies.

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at least minimum wage and also health and retirement benefits .. thanks freedom

Alan O`Brien
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Last year, there was an hour long program in the UK, exposing the terrible work and living conditions. This was one of the worst cases of modern slavery in what should be civilised employment.

Have You Asked: Who Picked My Tea?

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Step 1: Click to act on Traidcraft Exchange’s campaign and ask the six biggest tea brands “Who picked my tea?”

Step 2: Let us know you’ve asked them by clicking ‘Yes’ below!

I love drinking tea but I’m concerned about the poor pay and living conditions of tea workers in Assam.

I want the people who pick my tea to be paid a decent wage and be treated with respect.

Who picked my tea? Which estate does it come from?

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