Wage levels are an issue of concern across the globe as individuals, companies and governments wrestle with how wages paid to workers relate to costs of living, corporate and national competitiveness, profi tability and broader macro- economic trends and challenges.
Reports by civil society organisations, including Oxfam, have highlighted the issue of low wages and excessive working hours in the supply chains of a range of commodities and manufactured items, including tea. They argue that corporate compliance programmes and product certifi cation schemes have achieved only limited reach to the root causes of supply chain problems, including low wages, and many have called for a Living Wage for workers.
Understanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry
Report from a multi-stakeholder project