A SCOTISH-based tea giant which supplies Tesco and Sainsbury’s is being sued by 1,300 workers over allegations they are “treated like animals”.

The landmark lawsuit against James Finlay, based in Aberdeen, has been made by Kenyan plantation workers who hope to win compensation for injuries they claim were caused by working conditions.

The Times reported that the plaintiffs are claiming for damages caused by negligence, and are arguing that they were exposed to conditions that was clear would hurt them, resulting in their spines being permanently harmed.

The tea harvested by the workers on James Finlay plantations is currently stocked by many big brands including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, the Co-Op and Bettys and Taylors Group.