WORKERS at Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) are crying foul over the management’s inability to review salaries amid concerns that some of them are failing to commute to work every day, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
Reports reaching us state that Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) are underpaid and the staff members are no longer capacitated to report for duty posing a threat to air travellers’ safety.
Air Navigation Director, Blessing Ngwarati on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of transport facility that was conducting a door to door pick up of ATC staff leaving them stranded.
After this development, according to our sources the air space was left with inexperienced staff that had to work for 17 hours without relief.
“Management had conducted a door to pick up of ATC staff to and from work after the ATC staff had indicated inability to commute to work due to the high cost of transport. On Thursday August 15 2019 hours before the planned demonstrations, one Blessing Ngwarati, Director for Air Navigation ordered the withdrawal of transport service leaving ATC staff stranded.”
“Zimbabwe airspace was left manned by a skeleton inexperienced and those manning have had to work for over 17hrs or more without relief putting the flying public at risk,” said our source.
The management, acting Director General who is the substantive Human Resources and Administration Director, Margret Mantiziba and Ngwarai are said to have vowed not to consider issues of underpayment of wages.
“The issues of underpayment of wages has not been addressed since a court ruling of more than 10 years ago instructed CAAZ to address the issue.”
“The current acting Director General who is the substantive Human Resources and Administration Director Margret Mantiziba together with Director of Air Navigation Blessing Ngwarai have vowed never to address the issue,” added the source.
This publication reported two weeks ago of the operational environment and surveillance system not being able to meet world’s best practice, making the skies not safe for flying public.
Against this background,the air controllers have threatened to stage a sit in against the poor and dangerous operational environment and also the need of an upward review of their salaries.