‘It Was Really Disgusting’: What Sexual Harassment Looks Like at 30,000 Feet (broadly.vice.com)

by Natasha Wynarczyk Female cabin crew have been sexually objectified since Pan Am’s 60s heyday. Women in the industry say it’s making their jobs a transatlantic nightmare. (…) On some airlines, control over what female cabin crew wear, how they behave, and what they can do in their personal life is extended to when they […]

June 6, 2016

Qatar Airways greeted with protest in Atlanta

The outstanding campaign to persuade Jennifer Lopez to reject Qatar Airways is gathering pace. Find out more and help challenge the airline’s climate of fear and control – watch the video here>> Please share it with your friends, family, and fellow trade union members. On Tuesday, Sara Nelson, the International President of the Association of […]

May 18, 2016

United Makes Peace by Reinstating Fired Crew, Qatar Not So Much (huffingtonpost.com)

Two stories with big consequences for the participants and lessons for the rest of us were in the news this week. After years of fighting their firing for expressing concern about the security of their aircraft, 13 United flight attendants have been reinstated. You may recall from a previous post on my blog, that in the […]

March 15, 2016

TWU protests employee abuses at Qatar Airways as flights to Sydney begin (twu.com.au)

The Transport Workers’ Union has held a protest at Sydney airport over Qatar Airways’ abuse of employees as the airline began its first flights to Sydney. Activists leafleted the public with information on Qatar Airway’s treatment of its employees, including sacking workers for minor offences and keeping them under constant surveillance. The first flights are […]

March 3, 2016

An hour with ‘His Excellency’, the controversial Qatar Airways CEO (smh.com.au)

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker knows how to make an entrance. Arriving 30 minutes late to a press conference celebrating the launch of the carrier’s first services between Doha and Sydney on Thursday, he is introduced to the waiting media crowd as “His Excellency”. “I know that my airline is always creating a […]

TWU demands government stamp out employee abuses as first Qatar flights to Sydney begin (twu.com.au)

The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding that the Government ensures all airlines operating in Australia abide by labour and human rights standards as the first Qatar Airways flights to Sydney begin. The call comes as aviation employees and union activists at Sydney airport leafleted the public with information on Qatar Airway’s treatment of its employees, […]

March 1, 2016

International Migrants’ Day and Qatar Airways cabin crew

Today, International Migrants’ Day, and the ITF is publishing on social media a series of pictures with Qatar Airways cabin crew from different global destinations: https://twitter.com/ITFglobalunion Please re-tweet and post to Facebook to help us get fantastic coverage! And if you’d like to know more about the treatment of workers in Qatar, the ITUC have […]

December 18, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

“I support your cause, Qatar Airways workers need trade union rights”. That’s from #NobelPeacePrize winner Houcine Abassi who stopped to give his support to protesting Qatar Airways cabin crew at the prize ceremony. Qatar Airways has been called one of the “greatest threats to economic and … democratic stability” in Tunisia. Read more here: goo.gl/KedS3C […]

December 11, 2015