Air Zimbabwe to cut jobs in response to coronavirus crisis

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  • Skeletal staff chosen by heads of departments will stay behind for ad-hoc operations

ZIMBABWE’s national airliner plans to send the majority of its employees on indefinite-unpaid leave with effect from April 23 after grounding international and domestic flights due to COVID-19, Zim Morning Post can report.

The national flag carrier’s human resources department on Thursday advised employees of its intentions citing COVID-19 had blocked it’s revenue streams owing to suspended flights among other travel restrictions.

“The airline operations have been grounded to a halt as most of the passenger travel destinations are on lockdown with travel restrictions implying NIL revenue inflows. While other revenue initiatives are being pursued, staff remunerations remains one of the biggest cost drivers within the Airline and without revenue inflows and external interventions, it will be a challenge to continue to fund salaries,reads part of the letter addressed staff members.

“Resultantly, our staff compliment shall be reduced and a skeletal staff identified by heads of departments will be in place to ensure adhoc operations,”it further reads.

The development comes at a time when COVID-19 is set to trigger roughly 195 million job losses worldwide, according to International Labour Organisation( ILO).

The crisis is expected to wipe out 6.7% of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time workers, the ILO said Tuesday.

“Workers and businesses are facing catastrophe, in both developed and developing economies,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, addressing journalists worldwide via video on social media.

“We have to move fast, decisively and together. The right, urgent measures could make the difference between survival and collapse,” he said from the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

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