Agricultural workers

Asian Rural Women’s Coalition celebrates 100 years of IWD

Apr 8th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers

PRESS RELEASE 1 April 2011 � 100 years of Women’s Resistance: Rights, Empowerment and Liberatio (Chennai, India) Rallying behind the theme “100 years of Women’s Resistance: Rights, Empowerment, Liberation,” around 40 women rural women leaders, representatives and activists from eight Asian countries gathered for a 2-day conference here on March 29 and 30.  In a keynote [...]



Nowera Nuddy Tea Workers Journey to Kolkata to Demand Justice

Feb 9th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

Workers on the Nowera Nuddy tea estate in northern West Bengal, India and their Progressive Tea Workers Union (PTWU) are as determined as ever to win justice. A contingent of workers, all PTWU members, travelled the 650 kilometers from their plantation to Kolkata on February 4 to press their demands in a rally outside the [...]



Tata Group tea workers determined to claim their rights

Jan 20th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy, International Women's Day 100 Years

    Over 550 tea workers, two-thirds of them women, rallied on the Nowera Nuddy tea estate in West Bengal, India on January 16 to launch a new stage in their campaign for their rights after management failed to respond to a January 15 deadline to meet their long-standing demands. Nowera Nuddy Tea Estate is owned by [...]



Berry Pickers had Invalid Contract: Swedish Union

Oct 25th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

The employment agreement covering 290 Vietnamese berry pickers who worked in Swedish fields last summer, dozens of whom still remain in Europe, should never have been approved, according to a Swedish union. Berry pickers arrested for locking up bosses (11 Aug 10) Hungry berry pickers shoot birds for food (2 Aug 10) Vietnamese workers in [...]



New Report on Tea Worker Deaths Details Extensive Rights Violations at Tata-controlled Estate in Assam, India

Oct 4th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

A report commissioned by the IUF and released on 1st October details extensive human rights violations at the Tata-controlled Powai Tea Estate in Assam, India. In Cold Blood: Death By Poison, Death By Bullets examines the death in May this year of 25 year-old Powai worker Gopal Tanti, who collapsed at work while spraying pesticides. Mr Tanti was [...]



Thai Berry Pickers Face Bleak Working Conditions in Finland

Sep 19th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

Each summer, thousands of berry pickers from Thailand arrive in Finland with the hopes of earning a bundle of cash. Although Finnish berry companies depend heavily on the workers, their wages and conditions are substandard. Around 2,000 berry pickers from Thailand made their way into Finnish forests this summer. The migrant workers carry out backbreaking [...]



Chinese Berry Pickers Protest in Sweden

Aug 8th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

Thousands of seasonal workers from Asia come to Sweden each summer to pick wild berries. Around 120 Chinese seasonal berry pickers in northern Sweden went on a 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) march overnight to Friday to protest their salaries, a local social services official said to the Swedish Wire news on 06th August 2010. Thousands of seasonal [...]



Tata India – Are its Tea Estates Above the Law?

Jul 18th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

An international IUF fact-finding team has been denied access to an Assam plantation to investigate the recent deaths of three workers. The plantation is owned by Amalgamated Plantations in which Tata Global Beverages is the major shareholder. The 930 hectare Powai estate has one of the world’s largest tea-processing factories and employs some 1,800 permanent [...]



Tata Group Escalates Repression Against Bengal Tea Workers

Jun 6th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

Workers from a West Bengal tea plantation who participated in a protest last year against the abusive treatment of a pregnant 22 year-old tea garden worker could face prison sentences of up to 7 years, if India’s powerful Tata Group has its way. Mrs. Arti Oraon, tea plucker who collapsed after being forced to work [...]



Call to Frame Law to Ensure Women Workers’ Rights

May 6th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Agricultural workers, Informal Economy

Karmojibi Nari, a women’s rights organisation and one of CAW’s member groups in Bangladesh, yesterday demanded that the government formulate a law on agricultural labour immediately to ensure the rights of women workers in this sector. Addressing a rally at Muktangon in the city, the leaders of the organisation also called for declaring Tk 5,000 as [...]