The tea that we drink is grown in foreign countries. That makes it easy to distance ourselves from all that is involved in getting the product to us. We don’t often think about the workers’ lives which are so inextricably connected to the growing and preparation of the foods we consume.
Here is an article about tea workers in Nepal that had entered a “fast-unto-death” until they got their demands met. It seems that employing Ghandi’s strategy of passive resistance has had a positive outcome in this instance.
I think this will not be the last we see of such strikes. In efforts to meet the growing demand for tea worldwide, many changes are being implemented in tea growing countries. Not all of them are good for the workers.