Air Zim go-slow disrupts schedules

Itai Dzamara

AIR Zimbabwe flight schedules have been experiencing disruptions since last week due to disgruntlement in the workforce over unfulfilled pay increments.



ana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The national airline has been incurring extra costs in parking expenses because its planes are overstaying at international airports due to long departure delays.


The workers at the national airline received their pay slips for the month of August a fortnight ago, only to discover that the 80% increment promised by management in July had not been effected. A full-scale strike has been planned for Monday and is likely to further disrupt operations at the beleaguered airline.


Air Zimbabwe acting managing director Tendai Majuru this week referred all questions to the Transport and Communications permanent secretary, Karikoga Kaseke.


Kaseke this week said the issue of wage and salary increments at Air Zimbabwe was being looked at. However, he admitted there were problems in securing the money for increases.


“That issue is being looked into and management at Air Zimbabwe has to appropriately communicate with the workers in order to avoid the situation whereby operations will be disturbed,” said Kaseke.


“But for such increments to be effected, the money has to come from somewhere and that is what we have been working on.”