'Air Zim pilots frustrated'

HARARE - Air Zimbabwe pilots are working under appalling conditions, Parliament has been told.

Presenting a parliamentary portfolio committee report on Transport and Infrastructural Development, chairperson of the committee Dexter Nduna said the poor working conditions had fast- tracked brain drain.

“The pilots noted with concern the lack of job security arising from the fact that they did not have proper working contracts but were paid what was termed a ‘working allowance.’

“In addition, there was no visible commitment from management to retain the skilled manpower.”

There was generally low morale among both pilots and air traffic controllers.

“This was exacerbated by management’s apathetic attitude towards staff welfare issues typified by delayed responses to the concerns of staff,” the report said.

The underlying frustration was exacerbated by the apparent lack of engagement at policy level.

“For instance, where other airlines are jealously protected by their governments, Zimbabwe had granted licences to new airlines to ply exactly the same routes that Air Zimbabwe plies, which was unheard of in the industry,” he said.

The Chegutu West Zanu PF MP said pilots called for a secondary surveillance radar and modern state-of-the-art equipment.

He also said that the pilots were concerned Air Zimbabwe had no substantive management for over three years, with the chief executive officer holding the post in an acting capacity.

Comments (5)

Why is a secondary surveillance radar affecting air zim pilots only and not those flying other foreign airlines?

XPilot - 30 March 2017

Pilots with Ambition should just jump ship like we all did. May be you woud come back kana wakwanisa kudiwawo nemwana waTsvangirai, Mnangagwa or whoever becomes next president.

selele - 30 March 2017

It gives us Zimbabweans some pride to see our flag flown to many countries of the world by our national airline. If the airline is lamed to the extent of moribund for a long, long time it makes sense for us to admit kuti zwaramba n'anga. In this case why not totally sell it to those who have better ideas to make use of it ? I am sure they would not mind sticking our flag to even a fleet of new planes and fly the flag for us. We will save lots of money as well as our face to having an airline now famous for sad news. It brings us no more pride as Zimbabweans but disdain from outsiders who are now brushing us all as non-performers all round. Its a fact our image to the outside world has been worsened by stories concerning our airline. Selling Air Zim is in no way selling our land. We are selling a business, a non-performing asset, and the benefits for this are many and varied for our country.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 30 March 2017

This article is very confusing and vague. They are talking of Air Zim pilots, then Air traffic controllers, then private airlines, with a totally distorted opinion. Who the hell put this load of rubbish together as a story????

MR COOPER - 30 March 2017

And that`s a bit red warning flag there. If crewmembers are dissatisfied, in any airline, its a big safety concern. A lot of accidents in the industry can actually be traced back to the human factor. A crewmember has to be happy. Period.

Tinashe Yadley Nyangombe - 14 April 2017

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