Qatar’s national employment system, kafala, is cruel and brutal. Employers are allowed to prevent workers from leaving the country, even if they mistreat workers. The Qatar Airways CEO even said “I don’t give a damn about the ILO” – the UN agency representing workers’ rights.
The women who work for Qatar Airways face an extremely grim reality: cabin crew are being exploited, imprisoned without charge, forcibly confined on company premises and automatically sacked if they become pregnant. These abuses are an everyday event not only in Qatar Airlines but in the Qatari national employment system.
Right now, Qatar Airways sponsors one of the most famous football clubs, the Barcelona Football Club. Barcelona’s millions of fans see the team as “more than a club”, revered not only for the quality of its players -- like Neymar, Andrés Iniesta and of course, Lionel Messi -- but for its allegiance to ethics, fairness and social justice. That's why we're asking the world’s most respected football club to cut ties with the airline until workers conditions improve.
Please sign my petition asking the Barcelona Football Club to drop Qatar Airways as a sponsor until worker's conditions improve!
Campaign created by SumOfUs member Abdeslam Ouaddou