ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Plight of Duncan Workers

The collective struggles of workers often do not give sustained attention to the plight of workers at the micro level. A recent report on abuses and violations of human rights in tea plantations in India noted: “Tea workers are at the mercy of tea garden owners and management. For generations, they have been tied to tea plantations, reduced to being bonded-workers, without owning the land they have been working and living on and without any alternative sources of livelihood.”

In 2015, the Duncan Industries controlled by the G P Goenka Group shut several tea gardens which had been managed by them for quite a long time. The worst sufferers were the workers, facing extreme poverty, starvation and malnutrition. Young girls who worked in the gardens have reportedly been forced to take to prostitution to feed their families, especially in the neighbourhood of Birpara garden.

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