Sacked AirZim workers reject retrenchment deal

Sacked AirZim workers reject retrenchment deal
Published: 27 August 2017 (767 Views)
Sacked Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) workers have rejected the parastatal's retrenchment package, saying it had been imposed on them in violation of the Labour Act.

The Daily News on Sunday can exclusively reveal that a meeting which was held between AirZim management and the fired employees on Thursday last week ended in a stalemate after workers turned down the package.

The airline, which was represented by its human resources officials and an independent consultant, refused to budge and stuck to its offer, saying it was in terms of Section 12(28:1) of the Labour Act.

The troubled State-run airline, which dismissed the 200 workers on three months' notice, said it was willing to pay retrenchment packages of at least two weeks' salary for every year served.

Officials from the National Employment Council (NEC) then walked out of the meeting after being told by AirZim management that they were not supposed to make any contributions to discussions, rendering them mere spectators.

Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Joram Gumbo said the funds to bankroll the retrenchment packages were available.

"The board approached me with a retrenchment request which I accepted given the troubles at Air Zimbabwe. I then set out to look for funds so that these people do not go empty-handed. I can confirm that the funds are now in place and the distribution will start soon," Gumbo said.

He, however, declined to state the amount he raised and the source of the funds, referring further questions to AirZim board chair Chipo Dyanda.

Dyanda said: "I prefer not to discuss these matters through papers until the process is complete. I can only confirm the retrenchment is on course and a plan exists to deal with their packages."

An ex-AirZim worker said: "There was a meeting with all the employees who were fired last week who are covered under NEC, but there was no progress in that meeting.

"AirZim is just offering two weeks for every year served and are not willing to budge. There are other outstanding issues that need to be ironed out.

"We asked them (management) about other pending dues such as outstanding salaries, pensions, housing allowances, bonuses and long service awards.

"We also demanded that a letter be written to each of the affected employees stating respective individual packages and how they are going to be paid, which they said would be done in two weeks' time," the worker said.

The loss-making national carrier, saddled with a $300 million debt, had its biggest head-count reduction in almost two decades last month when it cut 200 jobs as it seeks to return to profitability.

Gumbo has said the airline was posting a colossal loss of $2 million monthly.

- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Emmerphoria marks Zimbabwe's policy shift

by Bruce Zvandasara | 20 September 2018 | 96 Views

Zimbabweans pin hopes on ED as he attends maiden UNGA Summit

by Nicole Hondo | 20 September 2018 | 86 Views

UNGA and Zim's international incorporation

by Anesu Pedzisayi | 20 September 2018 | 68 Views

Mnangagwa fortifies his political power

by Staff reporter | 20 September 2018 | 117 Views

Zimbabwe stops luxury car purchases for cholera fund

by BBC | 20 September 2018 | 88 Views

ZAPU position on implementation of Devolution of Power

by Zapu | 20 September 2018 | 73 Views

Mnangagwa makes maiden UNGA appearance

by Elijah Chihota | 20 September 2018 | 68 Views

PHOTO: Chiwenga's hand swollen

by Staff Reporter | 20 September 2018 | 175 Views

Mnangagwa arrives in New York

by Staff reporter | 20 September 2018 | 85 Views

Zimbabwe's impressive cabinet line-up under a severe parliamentary vaccuum

by Reginald Thabani Gola. | 19 September 2018 | 343 Views

Mnangagwa boycott the way to go, says MDC veterans

by Stephen Jakes | 19 September 2018 | 366 Views

Mudede hunts down staffer who revealed blacklist

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 441 Views

'Mnangagwa inherits Mugabe's anti-Gukurahundi traits'

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 237 Views

Mnangagwa snubbing the way to go

by Stephen Jakes | 19 September 2018 | 218 Views

Shame on you MDC MPs

by Munya Shumba | 19 September 2018 | 200 Views

Kariba on high Cholera alert

by John T Chirinda | 19 September 2018 | 142 Views

Parent involvement helps students to do well

by Agencies | 19 September 2018 | 119 Views

$6000 salary for MPs

by Staff Reporter | 19 September 2018 | 286 Views

Mnangagwa tours Glen View cholera centre

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 161 Views

Unresolved ethnicity conflict haunts Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 123 Views

Bulawayo's 'foreign' mayor remains unfazed

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 155 Views

Court defers ruling on Nduna's Chegutu West win

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 155 Views

Zoey SA bound

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 121 Views

Gukurahundi seeks to eclipse Intwasa

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 113 Views

Gukurahundi documentary deemed to be carrying inflammatory information

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 133 Views

Models at Prophet Magaya Prayer Mountain

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 159 Views

Chamisa turns down Parly invite

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 256 Views

Chamisa can only have an effective protest if all his MPs boycot Parliament

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 202 Views

Local govt has crossed difficult path since year 2000

by Stephen Jakes | 19 September 2018 | 121 Views

Ecocash and swipe are gradually being phased out

by Stephen Jakes | 19 September 2018 | 305 Views

So much hate in Zimbabwe, Mnangagwa needs to unite people - Mliswa

by Stephen Jakes | 19 September 2018 | 324 Views

Chamisa's MPs walk out on Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 191 Views

Mnangagwa must consider Mthuli Ncube's proposals

by Editorial - newsday | 19 September 2018 | 212 Views

Mnangagwa rejects Mines Bill

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2018 | 171 Views