Airzim pilots’ strike clocks one month

The strike by Air Zimbabwe pilots has completed 33 days, with no solution in sight over when the national carrier will resume its flights.

Airzim acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga yesterday confirmed the strike was still ongoing despite all efforts they had made to resume services.

“We are still where we were last Friday. We have not secured any funds as yet and we are still looking for money to enable us resume flights,” said Mavhunga.

The pilots went on a strike on July 29 demanding their June and July salaries.

This is their second strike action this year, having downed tools again in March.

Sources at the national airline told NewsDay on Tuesday the airline was losing an estimated
$100 000 a day due to the industrial action.

The strike has not only crippled the airline, but passengers on all its regional and international routes have been left stranded.

Airzim operates daily flights on the Harare-Johannesburg route, a twice-weekly flight to London and a weekly flight to Beijing.

In May, most of its flights were grounded after the aircraft the national airline was leasing from Zambezi Airlines was withdrawn over a $460 000 debt.

Airzim is saddled with a $100 million debt, some of it accrued from a nearly month-long strike between March 22 and April 20.

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