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Zimbabwe Union Calls for International Labor Action Against Air Zimbabwe in Dispute

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said it is seeking a boycott of Air Zimbabwe flights by the International Transport Workers Federation on all of its routes, seeking to force the carrier to reinstate some 400 workers it laid off in 2009.

The rights of the workers have been upheld in arbitration and court challenges, the union said.

Some critics have accused the ZCTU of sabotaging the national carrier through its boycott strategy.

But ZCTU President Lovemore Matombo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the union is well within its rights in seeking solidarity by organized labor at home and abroad until Air Zimbabwe reconsiders its position on the retrenched workers.