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?”

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young

Absolutely disgusted with these tea brands. Fairer wages and conditions (including better housing and active services and schools) for these people. It needs to change

People's Participation

We hate the system of child labour. But in India lack of job opportunities the poor guardians also trying to engage their children into work in low prices. Most of the children are very much school drop out or never been in schools too. Also there are a social pressure to keep engage the child labour as ‘ Social Work’ concept.Many people think that they are helping the poor children through providing jobs.

Paul Richards
Paul Richards

Would you work all day,and a long day, for £1.50P ? Slave labour in India has got to stop, and UK tea buyers have got to stop buying from India. There are plenty of other places around the world, where they can buy quality tea, at competitive prices, where slave labour is not used.


Received emails from Tetley, Twining, and Clipper so far. Now to make sure they actually act on this.

John Bedigan
John Bedigan

Absolutely right that the Fair Trade organisations question how the wool has been pulled over their eyes. Most have been around along time and done a wonderful job in difficult circumstances.

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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