Pilots and cabin crew at the struggling Air Zimbabwe have embarked on an indefinite industrial action over the failure by their employer to meet the contractual obligation on accrued salaries.The pilots, who have over the past few weeks threatened to go on strike did not report for work on Tuesday morning, arguing that their employer has been reluctant to fulfill promises made on salaries.
When the ZBC News crew visited Harare International Airport planes could be seen grounded, resulting in the cancellation of several regional and domestic flights.
The pilots and cabin crew members were not at the airport, but in some place where some were imbibing.
Air Zimbabwe Board chairman, Mr. Jonathan Kadzura confirmed the industrial action saying the board has since called for an ad hoc meeting with representatives of the pilots to try and resolve the issue.
Mr. Kadzura disclosed that the entity has been struggling to raise adequate revenue to meet the pilotsâ€™ demands.
Last September pilots with the national flag carrier embarked on a two week strike before an agreement was reached between the two parties with Air Zimbabwe expected to pay the outstanding allowances, but to date that promise has not been met prompting the pilots and cabin crew to go on strike.
Air Zimbabwe, like many parastatals, is struggling to operate at full capacity due to lack of capital injection and its failure to access international lines of credit due to the illegal sanction imposed on the country.