Qatar under fire for joining Oneworld

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  1. MSYgirl

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    Qatar Airways’ imminent membership of world aviation grouping the oneworld alliance – which includes global giants such as British Airways and American Airlines – was today branded “a disgrace” by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation).

    The global union federation, which recently exposed the airline’s treatment of its female staff, is leading protests against its accession to oneworld on Monday 30 October. Along with its member aviation trade unions, the ITF is questioning how a company that prohibits its female workers from becoming pregnant or marrying, and subjects its staff to stringent curfews and restrictions of their rights to free expression – backed up with the threat of termination and deportation – can take its place alongside leading airlines whose host countries respect international norms and conventions on human and labour rights.
     
  2. Newscience

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    Won't QTR have to change any of it's flight attendant "rules" as a part of joining One World? The issues that the ITF has with QTR were all fairly common among most American air carriers a few decades ago. They have all changed, and so why wouldn't QTR also change, especially with their OW membership? ;)
     
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    To sum it up in one word....culture......a culture that does not respect women.
     
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    No.

    And, to be clear, the unions have long hated QR. They're now annoyed with the other members for letting QR in to the alliance. This press release initially came out a couple days before QR formally joined.
     
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    I very rarely agree with unions on anything, but this is an exception.
     
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    Some of these are basic human rights not union agendas. If employers in non-Gulf countries attempted to control/know/influence what employees drank, who they had sex with, how much gum they chewed, off the clock and so on, it would be scandalous.

    They'd feel the full force of the shark bite if they were my employer. LX has only felt a test nibble.

    Say what you like about AA, UA and DL and even the Dilbertian BA, but they are not as regressive as this:

    "Female cabin crew using non-QA transport except taxi or limousine service vehicles, whether in uniform or not, may not be dropped off at or picked up from any Qatar Airways official premises, by a male other than her father, brother or husband.."

    and

    "Changing into civilian clothes at the technical building or at any airport is strictly prohibited"

    Even more nebulous and Orwellian is this injunction:

    "Once employed by Qatar Airways, cabin crew must exclusively dedicate their time towards the fulfillment of their job function"

    Hmmmm......but then why don't wild downroute orgies uploaded to YT count as "job function" and brand appeal? :D

    I'd love to see an anon video featuring pornified QR-skit employees on an Animal-House style rage-over.... QR FA's changing in the airport bathrooms and then being picked up by a GGW-style bus driven by Larry Flynt.....ridiculous, perhaps, but with this context as part of labor rights struggle it would be viewed millions of times and the viewers would express the contempt of much of the world for this kind of thing.

    I agree they can do what they like on their own watch and when they fly within Qatar or similar states...but when they seek inclusion in voluntary cross-border trade entities, and when they seek to fly to states where much of this is illegal, then using OW membership as a point of exposure/leverage for their medieval labor practices is quite reasonable.
     
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    I haven't thought much about this since the flight, but I remember taking a flight return to MSY in F, and the woman next to me was coming in for a conference from Qatar. Blond-haired, blue-eyed beautiful and smart, she kept telling me how wonderful living in Qatar was and that I should visit sometime. Then I started reading about the country banning LGBT and talking about screening female passengers for homosexuality (as if there is such a test, give me a break). Message boards tell prospective gay travelers to keep their orientation to themselves. Well, considering they might interrogate a female passenger about being gay and since there's no way to prove it, you are pretty much at the mercy of your subjective interviewer. While not a member of the LGBT community, I'm still a female traveling alone, and Qatar is not somewhere I wish to spend the rest of my life in captivity because some airport ego says so.

    Thoughts?
     
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