The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said Wednesday that the government should fire Air Zimbabwe's management to resolve a week-long strike by pilots and cabin crew over unpaid salaries and allowances amounting to around US$9 million.
ZCTU Deputy Secretary General Japhet Moyo said it is clear the management board led by pig and poultry farmer Jonathan Kadzura should be replaced with professionals.
Moyo said airline workers feel the management board named by President Robert Mugabe before the formation of the present unity government is not competent.
Pilots, engineers and cabin crew are demanding US$9 million from the airline before returning to work.
Reached by VOA, Kadzura refused to comment. The Air Zimbabwe executive has said that the national carrier is bankrupt and cannot come up with the money demanded.
Moyo said airline employees will only return to work if the current board is sacked.
“The employees are convinced that the solution lies with the board which has to be fired in order to pave the way for a professional management board that will take care of the operations of the airline,” Moyo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Gibbs Dube.