Pilots defy court order


The striking Air Zimbabwe pilots have defied a court order directing them to go back to work and immediately appealed against the judgment.

On Wednesday, the Labour Court ruled the two-and-a-half week-long strike was illegal and ordered the pilots to resume duty with immediate effect.

But the pilots on Thursday appealed against the ruling.
Air Zimbabwe board chairman, Jonathan Kadzura said:

“The Labour Court ruled that the strike was unlawful and ordered the pilots to go back to work but they lodged an appeal against the judgment.”

The pilots embarked on an industrial action on March 22 demanding payment of their outstanding salaries and allowances estimated at $9 million.

Protracted negotiations between the pilots and the airline’s management had reached a deadlock, forcing Kadzura’s board to take the matter to the Labour Court for adjudication.

“I cannot offer them anything that I do not have. I have told the pilots that we have no money to award them,” said Kadzura.

The strike has grounded the airline’s planes, causing cancellation of all flights.