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27 Aug 2015

The National (UAE)

Qatar Airways relaxes cabin crew marriage and pregnancy policies

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"Qatar Airways relaxes cabin crew marriage and pregnancy policies", 26 August 2015

Qatar Airways has eased its policy of restricting female cabin crew from getting married and pregnant following accusations of discrimination by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Rossen Dimitrov, the airline’s senior vice president who oversees its 9,500 flight attendants, 80 per cent of whom are women, confirmed the easing of the policy and pledged to review a curfew and other concerns. “As the airline matures, the workforce matures,” he said. “You can’t turn to someone who is 35 years old and say ‘No, you can’t have a family, wait.’ We want to retain people.” Bloomberg reported that Qatar Airways crew no longer risk being fired if they marry within their first five years of employment or become pregnant. In June, the ILO published a report detailing its recommendations to Qatar on how the airline should change its employment rules to end discrimination. The report was triggered by complaints from global workers’ rights movements, the ILO said... Under new contracts, pregnant women will now be offered temporary ground jobs, and they can get married at any time after notifying the company...


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