Air Zimbabwe given one week to pay pilots

Sources told Radio VOP at the weekend that the deal struck to end the strike will see the government bailing out Air Zimbabwe with funds enough to pay the pilots the equivalent of 40 percent of their outstanding salaries and allowances.

Furthermore the airline will be required to pay the remaining 60 percent of the money owed to pilots and the entire staff of the airline within six months.

“Basically the deal orders the airline to pay us all our monies in the next six months. The pilots wanted a clear and definitive plan of payment and they got that and if its not done they will again go on strike,” said the source.

“Some of the pilots have already been paid.” The deal was strike after President Robert Mugabe issued a blanket order that he wanted planes back on schedule by the time he returns from the United Nations General Assembly this week. Air Zimbabwe had to make special arrangements to obtain a crew which took Mugabe to New York for the UN General Assembly.