Many were shocked to hear about the working conditions at Qatar Airways, especially some of the requirements for female crew members – Unbelievable Conditions – Truth Behind Working for Qatar Airways. Well, Qatar has responded…from Reuters:
Qatar Airways contracts forbid any member of the cabin crew, the vast majority of whom are female, from marrying during the first five years of their employment with the firm. “You know they have come there to do a job and we make sure that they are doing a job, that they give us a good return on our investment,” Al Baker said. He also said that Qatar Airways made no secret of the conditions to employees, and provided them with a document stating the terms and conditions of their employment. “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.”
He said because local regulations prevented pregnant cabin crew from flying and the company did not have many ground jobs available for them, pregnant women must often leave. “We are not in the business where we can guarantee ground jobs or let people stay away … and don’t do anything for the airline,” he said. Cabin crew across the world may not work on board airplanes once pregnant due to health concerns, although some countries allow them to work for up to three months into the pregnancy.
Full response including thoughts from Emirates on pregnancy here.
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