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Statement on failure of Qatar’s ICAO relocation bid

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The ITF HQ's in London

The ITF HQ’s in London

Commenting on the failure and withdrawal of the Qatari government’s bid to have the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) headquarters relocated from Canada to the country’s capital, Doha, ITF president Paddy Crumlin said: “This is great news. Democracy, common sense and a respect for workers’ rights have triumphed. Qatar has to change. The outrage that their plan met with provesthat. Trade unions can feel glad that they helped doom this outrageous attempt to snatch this institution. It proves that there are some things that moneyjust can’t buy.”

ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) general secretary Sharan Burrow stated: “Foreigners in Qatar have virtually no rights, and can end up trapped there with no escape.  Moving the ICAO to Qatar would have been a grave mistake. Fortunately, the world of civil aviation has seen sense on this issue.”

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