Qatar Airways Conduct With Women Leads To Call For Bans
Release date: 15/02/2016
Northern Daily Leader, 14 February 2016
Deputy federal Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek is backing a call to ban donations from Qatar Airways over its treatment of women.
Pregnant women have been sacked by the airline and one employee claims she felt forced to have an abortion to protect her job, according to the Transport Workers Union.
"We want to ensure the rights of workers who are working across borders," Ms Plibersek told reporters in Sydney yesterday.
As the airline expands its services to Australia, TWU chief Tony Sheldon called on NSW Labor to pass a motion at its weekend conference to ban donations. Mr Sheldon called on Australian airlines to reject work with the Middle Eastern airline, despite Qantas becoming a codesharing partner.
"Whether you're flying in to Australia for a minute or here for weeks or a lifetime, you should have our rights that we see as basic human rights in this country," he told reporters in Sydney yesterday.
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