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International Women’s Day, 8 March 2014

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Standing up for women transport workers’ rights

  • About the campaign

    ITF’s International Women’s Day is an annual event; it’s objective is to help secure women transport workers’ rights, and raise their visibility and participation in the union movement.

    It’s an opportunity for unions all over the world - men and women - to stand together, support their female members and address the issues facing women transport industry workers in every sector.

    This year, alongside the other activities taking place, we called on affiliates to stand in solidarity with Qatar Airways workers.

    Why Qatar Airways (QR)?

    1. Women must seek employer permission before marrying

    You read that right. Women at QR are not free to marry as they choose, but must ask their employer. If the woman has been working for five years or fewer, she cannot marry. Full stop.

    2. Pregnant workers get sacked

    There is no maternity leave at Qatar Airways – pregnancy means job loss. Failing to notify your employer, or concealing your pregnancy, is a breach of contract – which also means job loss. Contracts state that the company can terminate employment from the date of notification of pregnancy.

    3. Women cannot be seen in public with male friends

    If you’re not using Qatar Airways transport to get to work, you cannot be picked up or dropped off by a man who isn’t your father, brother or husband.

    4. Sociable? You’ll get the sack

    We’ve received reports of Qatar Airways women workers being fired for posting pictures of themselves on Facebook. 

    Women workers deserve better. We all know that strong unions need women – and we believe that strong companies respect women’s rights.

    Unions worldwide took action

    ITF unions sent protest letters and emails to Qatar Airways, and activities were organised all over the world to raise awareness of the issues faced by Qatar workers.

    The countries involved were: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Columbia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Ivory Coast, Latvia, Liberia, Mexico, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Turkey, USA and Zambia.

    Activities included training days for women workers, film screenings to raise awareness, exhibitions, marches and protests, interviews, panel discussions, conferences, and the release of reports looking at women’s role in the workplace.

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Mampane Norman

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International Women’s Day and the launch of the SADTU Sports Festival The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) will, on Saturday 7 March, 2015, join the rest of the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day. The day which is celebrated on 8 March each year serves to honour the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year’s celebrations will be held under the theme “Make It Happen”. The Union will also officially launch its National Sports Festival that will take place later in the year in KwaZulu-Natal. The International Women’s Day celebration will take place in the North West Province. The event will start with a formal programme of speeches from the Union and Tripartite Alliance leadership. This will be followed by sporting activities such as soccer, netball and a fun walk to mark the launch of the National Sports Festival. Members of SADTU’s National Executive Committee, Provincial Executive Committee and members from some parts of Gauteng and the North West will take part in the sporting activities. The media are hereby invited to attend and publicise the event. • Date: 7 March 2015 (Saturday) • Time: 09h00 onwards. • Venue: Letlhabile Stadium, Brits Issued by: SADTU Secretariat Contact: Nomusa Cembi, SADTU Media Officer, 082 719 5157
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