Contents: Preface. 1. A Social Work Approach to the Tea Plantation Labour in India. 2. Studies Conducted in India. 3. The Socio-Economic and Working Conditions of the Tea Plantation Workers of the Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation Limited [TANTEA] in Tamil Nadu. 4. Occupational Safety and Health in the Tea Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka, 1996-97. 5. Studies Conducted in Similar Plantations. Conclusion. References.
The socio-economic and working conditions of the tea plantation labours in India requires immediate attention. The employment in the tea plantation depends purely on the use of ‘master-servant relationship’. This is a clear reminder that the labour force often consists of the descendants of the migrant labours whose rights are few, working conditions frequently grim, education minimal, and health poor, in many instances worse than that of similar labours outside the plantations. Though the number of tea gardens have been reduced, the number of workers and their dependants have increased manifold. This has opened the gate of innumerable socio-economic and political problems within the state. This book presents a panoramic view of the tea plantation labours’ scene in contemporary India.