The Herald reports that 43 AirZimbabwe employees have been sent on unpaid leave in an ongoing employee restructuring exercise at the national carrier. Among the 43 employees is one official who allegedly hired his own truck to ferry air start unit to Bulawayo last week when the plane had a fault in Bulawayo last week. The Herald reports:
The revelations come amid claims by some sources that some of employees sent on unpaid leave had transgressed, especially an official who is understood to have been sacrificed for hiring his truck to carry the Air Start Unit to Bulawayo to jump-start the Boeing 767 that had developed a technical problem at Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo recently
The Herald understands that Airzim management was concerned after the Air Start Unit had not arrived in Bulawayo by midday Saturday on August 24 after leaving Harare on Friday at 10pm. Curiously, the official’s mobile phones were no longer reachable, prompting Airzim bosses to suspect that the key equipment could have been diverted. This resulted in police being notified of matter so traffic officers could be on the lookout for the machinery.
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Air Zimbabwe corporate affairs manager dismissed the notion that the restructuring process was, however, targeting one individual:
First and foremost, you should understand that Air Zimbabwe is under reconstruction and in a framework of reconstruction, there is bound to be some structural adjustments which extend even to employees.
You move employees from this end to that end. Just for the avoidance of doubt, no one was fired but proceeded on leave
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