AIR Zimbabwe has reinstated four senior managers who were dismissed earlier this year but have been on full salary and benefits, causing discontent among the workforce.
The four managers returned at a time when the airline is experiencing a go-slow over failure by management to honour a promised 80% pay hike to workers.
Air Zimbabwe acting managing director Oscar Madombwe this week confirmed the managers were back at work but claimed they had never been fired.
“Yes they are back at work. The four managers you are talking about were never dismissed,” Madombwe said.
“There are internal reasons why they have not been coming to work. They have always been our workers.”
The four managers, David Mwenga, Modercai Magaisa, Stephen Nhuta and Phineas Ndlovu, were dismissed by the national airline as part of a restructuring exercise. Former managing director Rambai Chingwena told the Zimbabwe Independent in March that the four had been “removed” as part of the restructuring exercise.
However, they have been getting full monthly salaries, using company vehicles, and receiving an entertainment allowance, school fees and housing allowances.
Madombwe yesterday said the dispute between management and workers over salary and wage increments was being discussed. “We are talking with the workers and we are making progress. I think everything is progressing very well. I am not sure if I can answer the question regarding when we will award the increments,” he said.
Management at the airline resolved to award the increments last month and said these would be backdated to July after a series of strikes over the past couple of months.
However, workers went on a go-slow a fortnight ago when they received their August pay slips without the adjustments.