Entdinglichung

… alle Verhältnisse umzuwerfen, in denen der Mensch ein erniedrigtes, ein geknechtetes, ein verlassenes, ein verächtliches Wesen ist … (Marx)

Solidarität mit den Tata-/Tetley-ArbeiterInnen in Nowera Nuddy

Posted by entdinglichung - 5. Dezember 2009

Quelle: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers‘ Associations (IUF), hier kann auch eine Petition unterschrieben werden.

Government Distributes Emergency Foods Rations to Hungry Tea Workers – What About Tata/Tetley?

On November 19, local government officials began distributing to workers and their families on the Nowera Nuddy tea estate in West Bengal coupons for emergency rations which are normally reserved only for those officially designated as below the poverty line or victims of natural disasters. The desperate situation on the estate contrasts sharply with Tetley’s commitments to refrain from harsh or inhumane treatment set out in the Ethical Tea Partnership standard. Hunger on the estate is the result of a policy of collective punishment.

Nowera Nuddy is majority owned by Tata, the transnational Indian conglomerate whose wholly-owned subsidiary Tetley makes the world famous Tetley Teas. The workers have been denied wages and rations for all but two days‘ work since early August. Management has closed the estate in retaliation for a worker protest in August against the punishing treatment of an 8-months‘ pregnant worker who was denied maternity leave, forced to pluck tea, and then denied adequate medical treatment. Workers want the estate reopened and their wages paid, but reject the suspension of 8 workers who have been singled out for protesting vile abuses. They refuse to renounce their right to peacefully protest exploitation – and they need your support. Use the message below to the CEOs of Tata and Teley to tell them to stop starving tea workers now and meet the demands of the Nowera Nuddy Estate (Tata Tea) Workers’ Action Committee.

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