A study by IPS and GLWC examined the living wage for tea pluckers in Sri Lanka, to act as a catalyst for action throughout the value chain to raise wages towards a living wage. Here, the estimated gross living wage was Rs. 23,785 per month in January 2019. This blog argues that the prevailing wage of these workers has to be raised by at least Rs. 3,055 (15%) to reach the living wage level.
Sri Lanka’s tea industry has survived for over 150 years. This interview with H. N. Thenuwara, an author for the forthcoming IPS publication ‘Sri Lanka Tea Industry in Transition – 150 years and Beyond’, examines the challenges and opportunities facing the tea industry of Sri Lanka and provides recommendations for the way forward.
While compliance with emerging food standards encourages the advancement of Sri Lanka’s tea industry, Janaka Wijayasiri points out the importance of providing exporters the necessary support to comply with such standards.