– Current practices and mechanisms for paying workers and artisanal mica collectors in and also workers in processing units;
– The eventual existing living wage gap between workers’ income and living wage thresholds;
– The root causes behind the payment of low wages or prices;
– Barriers and constraints to paying a Living Wage notably through a description of the payment and trading activities of MICA so that we could better identify the mechanisms behind the redistribution of value added along Mica supply chain.
Results on Mica pickers/collectors
The field work with interviews of workers both in picking and processing activities was carried out in July 2021 in two main regions of Mica activities: Bihar and Jharkhand, with interviews of workers in their home villages. A similar field work will be carried out in Autumn among Mica workers in another major Mica country, Madagascar.
The report will be soon placed online.