Labour Issues

Storm in a tea garden

Print edition : October 30, 2015

Pengal Otrumai members on strike in Munnar on September 10. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Women workers and trade union activists holding separate agitations on either side of the bridge at Munnar junction on October 1. Photo: K. K. Mustafah

In a tea plantation in Munnar. A labourer who gathers the minimum quantity of 21 kg of leaves a day gets Rs.232 as wages. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

A spontaneous agitation by a collective of women labourers has thrown Kerala’s plantation sector into disarray, caught its male-dominated trade unions off guard, and focussed public attention on the growing inequalities and gender-related disparities in the sector.
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