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Pilot sues Air Zimbabwe


An Air Zimbabwe pilot has taken the troubled airline to court, seeking to recover more than $30 000 in unpaid salaries owed to him.

Gerald Chiweshe, who has been a pilot since 2003, said he had not been paid his salaries since February 2009.

His declaration read: “Plaintiff (Chiweshe) was employed by Air Zimbabwe as a pilot on June 1 2003 and his employment contract still subsists.”

Chiweshe said according to his contract his monthly salary is $4 002,68, which the national airline has not paid for more than three years, forcing him to seek legal action.

“As at January 2012 the total amount outstanding to plaintiff in salary arrears is $32 495,68 which sum defendant (Air Zimbabwe) has failed to pay despite demand,” the declarations read.
Chiweshe is now claiming the salary arrears in addition to accrued interest.

“The plaintiff’s claim is for payment of the sum of $32 495,68 being unpaid salaries and allowances due and owing by defendant to plaintiff for the period February 2009 to January 2012, in respect of a subsisting contract of employment between the parties,” reads the summons.

“Interest on each monthly salary from the date the salary was due to the date of payment, at the prescribed rate, currently 5% per annum.”

Air Zimbabwe is saddled with an estimated $149 million debt which the government has since taken over.

The debt also includes salaries and allowances for most of their workers.

The airline wanted to resume its domestic flights recently, but pilots demanded their salaries and allowances before they could fly, forcing the parastatal to ground its flights again.

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