In Sri Lanka, about 5% of the population is employed by the tea industry, with thousands of people working and living on tea estates. The sector remains hierarchical and relationships between workers and management can be strained – especially during wage negotiations.
How ETP helped
Our partnership with CARE International helped improve living and working conditions on 13 tea estates in Sri Lanka through the implementation of Community Development Forums (CDFs). Building on CARE’s tried and tested approach, CDFs are like ‘mini parliaments’ that bring together workers, management, trade union officials, and community/estate residents to discuss working and living conditions on tea estates.
- Reformed worker-management relationships
- Reduced domestic violence and alcoholism
- Improved opportunities for women, including better control of household finances, leadership roles in communities, and better career opportunities
- 25% improvement in workforce productivity and better estate services, e.g. crèches
- 90% of workers felt economic and social opportunities had improved