One of this blog’s most read posts is Unbelievable Conditions – Truth Behind Working for Qatar Airways, each week the post continues to reach new viewers, many of them from the Gulf region. Several of the comments are even from potential applicants or current employees…some very concerned about the potential environment at their new job. Anyway, it seems that Qatar has finally started to slowly improve some of their working conditions, specifically with regards to female employees. At the end of August, The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) announced that:
“Qatar Airways was shamed into relaxing its policy of sacking cabin crew for getting pregnant or marrying in their first five years of employment and that’s a tremendous advance. No amount of hiding behind ‘best airline’ awards has kept the truth about how staff are treated from emerging. We will continue to campaign for further change and respect for workers’ rights. We, along with everyone who works for the airline, hope that they will now address what many of those workers call the ‘climate of fear’ at Qatar Airways. There’s much to be done, but the airline has made one step towards it.”
Qatar said in a statement that the airline had phased out the policy over the last six months – “Our policies have evolved with the airline’s growth”.
Going forward, women who become pregnant will be able to transition to ground jobs. Those who want to get married can do so…after notifying the airline.