Labour rights for female workers at Qatar Airways

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1 September 2015

Qatar Airways still faces heat on female staff discrimination

Author: Chris Burns, Equal Times

Qatar Airways’ decision to stop firing female staff for becoming pregnant is seen as a victory for labour rights in the Gulf state, but an inquiry by the International Labour Organization (ILO) remains open as questions persist about other discriminatory practices.

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27 August 2015

Qatar Airways relaxes cabin crew marriage and pregnancy policies

Author: The National (UAE)

"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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27 August 2015

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

Author: International Transport Workers' Federation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade marriage for five years (even after that time permission had to be sought to marry).

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Author: Cordélia Bonal, Libération (France)

[Le Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l’Homme a invité les trois entreprises à répondre aux accusations. Elles n’ont pas encore répondu. Nous indiquerons le 23 octobre si elles ont répondu ou non.] Derrière l’uniforme impeccable et le sourire de rigueur, les hôtesses de Qatar Airways, Emirates ou Etihad Airways ont la vie dure. Des salariées sans droits que leur compagnie contrôle jusque dans leur vie privée, à en croire la Fédération internationale des ouvriers du transport (ITF)…Selon l’ITF, Qatar Airways impose à son personnel féminin de demander l’autorisation de la compagnie pour se marier. Leur contrat stipule…[que] les employées doivent «notifier à leur employeur leur grossesse dès le moment où elles en ont elle-même connaissance. L’employeur se réserve le droit de mettre fin au contrat à compter de la date de notification de la grossesse…»…

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15 October 2013

ITF lobbies for ICAO action on Qatar/UAE rights abuses

Author: Intl. Transport Workers' Federation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) will push ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization) in Canada today for action on flagrant abuses of aviation workers’ labour rights by airlines based in Qatar and the UAE...Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways...According to the ITF the case of Qatar Airways is the worst. For example, a standard hiring contract for thousands of the airline’s female workers reads:...The employee shall notify the employer in case of pregnancy from the date of her knowledge of its occurrence. The employer shall have the right to terminate the contract of employment from the date of notification of the pregnancy...[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the 3 firms to respond - they have not yet done so. We will indicate by 23 October whether or not they respond]

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