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Airzim strike rages


The strike by Air Zimbabwe pilots entered its fourth day yesterday, with no solution in sight as both parties had not reached an agreement by close of business.

Acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga told NewsDay a consensus was yet to be reached. All flights were grounded as the beleaguered national airline went through one of its worst patches in history.

“We have no breakthrough as yet, we are still in a marathon of meetings trying to come up with something so we are still where we were.

We are still negotiating, they are insisting on having something in their accounts first before they go back to work,” said Mavhunga.

The pilots embarked on industrial action on Friday over the non-payment of outstanding allowances and salaries, leaving over 100 passengers stranded.

Their latest strike comes hardly two weeks after another industrial action that, however, lasted one day as management managed to raise a month’s salary for each one of them.

The pilots were now reportedly demanding all their outstanding dues. When a NewsDay crew visited the airport premises last Friday, pilots could be seen holding a meeting at the Air Zimbabwe car park at around 6:45am.

In March, the pilots went on a two-month industrial action resulting in the airline losing millions in revenue.

Last September, the pilots again downed tools and the airline lost at least $3,5 million as a result.

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