Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Air France's Female Crew Can Refuse Iran Flights; Union Blocks Airline from Forcing Headscarf Rule

Air France's female flight attendants will be allowed to refuse to work the company's new route to Iran, The Guardian website reports today (April 5, 2016).

Unions for the airline's cabin crew held talks with management after several female crew members opposed an order to wear an Islamic-symbolizing headscarf in Iran.

Management agreed that flights to Iran would be staffed on a volunteer basis, and flight attendants refusing to work these flights would be assigned elsewhere and would not lose any pay.

Air France suspended flights to Iran in 2008, but will resume service beginning April 17, 2016, since the international sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear program have been lifted.

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