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Doha-based carrier under scrutiny for alleged human rights violation.

September 26, 2013 7:28 by

Qatar Airways has come under heavy fire this week after it was revealed that the airline allegedly forces its female employees to obtain permission from the company before getting married or becoming pregnant.

A report, released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on Tuesday, reveals that the Doha-based airline, which employees 28,000 people, requires women to inform a supervisor if they become pregnant – at which point, they may be made redundant.

According to the ITF, a standard hiring contract for thousands of the Doha-based airline’s female workers reads:

You are required to obtain prior permission from the company, in case you wish to change your marital status and get married. 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. Failure of the employee to notify the employer or the concealment of the occurrence shall be considered a breach of contract.

Upon contacting Khaled Ayouch, the carrier’s corporate communications manager for the GCC and Middle East region on Wednesday and again on Thursday, Kippreport was told that a statement will be released later at an unspecified date.

On Tuesday, the ITF announced its plans to push the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada for action on the “abuse of aviation workers’ labour rights by airlines based in Qatar and the UAE”.

1 Comment

  1. Craig on September 29, 2013 10:03 am

    This is the same rule that applies with Emirates and I believe for Etihad too, presumably for a lot if not most of the Gulf carriers. This has been so for a very long time so it’s strange that this is just becoming an issue now. It’s seems very linked to the World Cup debate, wider issues and debate more than anything, and although I don’t agree with the rule, also seems very unfair to single out Qatar Airways. While the Uk airlines offer ground work and flexible time because of the European law they need to abide by, I don’t believe that other all other airlines in the world are very far off this kind of rule either.


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