The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has criticzed Ethihad and Emirates airlines for their “flagrant abuses of aviation workers” – but named Qatar Airways as the worst among these Gulf airlines.
According to the report exposed by ITF, the female flight attendants has sign following unbelievable rules in their job contract :
- Female flight attendants can only be hired if they are single
- They must remain single for five years after starting work
- If they want to get married they have to ask the airline’s permission
- Pregnancy is a breach of contract and can lead to firing
However, Qatar Airways have declined the claims made in the report. Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Rossen Dimitrov, said, “Qatar Airways flight attendants do not have to be, or remain single. Many of our cabin crew are in fact married.”
The airline further added that its cabin crew do have to notify the airline of pregnancies, as mandated by Qatar’s civil aviation authority, “for health and safety reasons.” If employees cannot fly because of pregnancy, they are “assisted with finding suitable ground positions.”
Its chief executive, Akbar al-Baker, has previously defended its policies telling Reuters that the terms of employment are clearly stated.
“If you come to seek employment with Qatar Airways we give you a document that these are the rules and regulations, if you as a mature individual accept those conditions, then you shouldn’t complain.”