15-Sep-2010 2:18 PM

Air Zimbabwe fires striking pilots

Air Zimbabwe board chairman, Jonathan Kadzura stated on 14-Sep-2010, the airline invoked the nation's labour laws against 40 striking pilots "so all of them are fired" (Zimbabwe Telegraph/chronicle.co.zw, 14-Sep-2010). Air Zimbabwe chief executive Peter Chigumba stated talks to end the strike had not yielded a result, and the airline had had to hire aircraft from South Africa to fly selected domestic and regional routes. Two domestic destinations were being covered by the leased aircraft, and the carrier was operating the Harare-Johannesburg route. All other international services, including London and Beijing, remained suspended. The strike commenced on 08-Sep-2010.

Zimbabwe Council of Tourism: “We have started receiving negative feedback. The strike by Air Zimbabwe pilots is adversely affecting operations of the tourism sector. If the strike continues then the future of the tourism sector would be doomed,” Emmanuel Fundira, President. Source: Chronicle.co.zw, 14-Sep-2010.

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