The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) has backed what it describes as “a historic breakthrough” on eliminating Qatar’s kafala system, which has allowed the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf state.Read more
Global union organisations the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) today submitted a case against the state of Qatar to the ILO (International Labour Organization) in Geneva.
The case – delivered this morning to the United Nations organisation – accuses Qatar of allowing its state-owned airline, Qatar Airways, to violate ILO Convention 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), which Qatar signed as long ago as 1976.Read more
|[Picture: Foreign workers wait for their bus at a construction site in Doha, Qatar (Reuters / Fadi Al-Assaad)]|
Controversy over conditions for workers in Qatar involved in the construction of World Cup-related infrastructure, as well as for flight attendants of Qatar Airways, the 2022 tournament’s likely official carrier, has moved center stage as international trade unions protest world football body FIFA.
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin questioned the behavior of Qatar Airways after reports that female employees must inform the company if they become pregnant, which may result in the termination of their employment.
“The fact is that these companies are making a fortune from the efforts of hardworking staff who, undefended, can be discharged and deported on a whim,” Crumlin said.Read more