Trade union chiefs refute criticisms by Qatar Air CEO (

May 14, 2013

International trade union bosses have hit out at claims by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker the western world would not be faced with the stagnant growth and unemployment problems it is currently straddled with and blamed trade unions for “undermining successful institutions”.

“If you did not have unions you wouldn’t have this jobless problem in the western world… It is caused by unions making companies and institutions uncompetitive and bringing them to a position of not being efficient,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told Arabian Business in an interview.

The aviation boss’ comments were in response to criticism by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents around 4.5 million transport workers in 150 countries, who hit out at Qatar’s offer to move the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) from Montreal to Doha, citing its banning of trade unions as a negative factor.

The headquarters of the ICAO has been resident in the Canadian city of Montreal since 1946 and authorities in Doha have offered to build the organisation a new headquarters when its 20 year lease comes up for renewal in 2016.
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