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APFA Cheers ILO Report on Qatar Airways
Laura Glading: Report defends the “basic right” of pregnancy
Earlier this year, APFA called on American Airlines management to work through the Oneworld alliance, of which Qatar Airways is a member, to pressure the company to reform its employment policies.
Qatar Airways has also been accused of accepting billions of dollars in subsidies from its government treasury, which violates the Open Skies policy in place between Qatar and the US. As a founding member of the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, APFA has used the trade dispute as an opportunity to elevate the issue of workers’ rights at Gulf carriers. The other carriers accused of taking subsidies, Emirates and Etihad Airways of the UAE, also have questionable employment practices.
“I see the two issues as being inextricably linked,” Glading said. “Among the unfair benefits these companies get from their governments is a ban on unionization. Not only is that a violation of trade law, but it allows companies to implement these types of horrible labor practices without any recourse from workers.”
The Partnership estimates that Qatar’s ban on unionizing amounts to an unfair benefit to the airline of nearly $1 billion.
Members of the APFA Government Affairs team will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow to discuss the issue of subsidies and workers’ rights at Gulf carriers and gain additional support for the Partnership’s campaign.
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