Code of Conduct for the Tea Sector, Drafted
at the IUF African tea meeting, Arusha, Tanzania, October 1995 and endorsed
by the IUF global tea meeting, Coimbatore, India, October 1996.
|The following conditions must exist
for fair trade to be possible:
of association to be guaranteed. Recognition of independent,
democratic trade unions and the right to organise and bargain
must be paid a living wage.
adequate housing, sanitation and safe water.
hours to be fixed at 40 hours over 5 days. Double time for overtime.
child below the school leaving age or the national registration
age, whichever is lower, should work on a tea plantation.
and safety standards:
- provision of protective clothing
- no use of banned chemicals
- training in occupational health & safety
- establishment of safety committees.
discrimination on grounds of gender or race. Equal pay for equal
work. Access to training and promotion should be available for
training and paid time-off for trade union education.
seasonal, piece-rate and task work should be discouraged but
where it is unavoidable, pay and benefits should not be less
then those of permanent workers.
should be paid maternity leave of at lest 90 days, in addition
to annual leave, with no loss of seniority. Paid paternity leave
should also be granted.
for workers and dignity of labour. Sexual harassment of women
will not be tolerated.
of welfare facilities and adequate social security provision
especially retirement benefits.
children should have access to a crèche and school within reasonable
friendly production of tea should be encouraged