ITÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢S one of the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s fastest growing airlines with a modern fleet, but Qatar airlines has been rocked by reports revealing its shockingly archaic set of rules for female flight attendants.
Gulf carriers Etihad and Emirates were also blasted by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) for its ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œflagrant abuses of aviation workersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â but they named Qatar Airways as the worst.
The ITF exposed unbelievable rules in the contracts for female flight attendants at Qatar Airways including:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Female flight attendants can only be hired if they are single
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ They must remain single for five years after starting work
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ If they want to get married they have to ask the airlineÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s permission
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Pregnancy is a breach of contract and can lead to firing
Nearly eighteen months since their initial report, the ITF says that the airline has made no progress in its treatment of women and has urged companies, including the Barcelona Football Club who have a lucrative sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, to reconsider their relationship with the airline.
However, in a statement to the Washington Post yesterday, Qatar Airways says the contract claims are not true.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œQatar Airways flight attendants do not have to be, or remain single,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Rossen Dimitrov, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Customer Experience, said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMany of our cabin crew are in fact married.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The airline said its cabin crew do have to notify the airline of pregnancies, as mandated by QatarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s civil aviation authority, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfor health and safety reasons.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â If employees cannot fly because of pregnancy, they are ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œassisted with finding suitable ground positions.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
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