* Strike grounded local, international flights
* No disciplinary action against the workers
HARARE, Sept 24 Pilots and cabin crew at
Zimbabwe's state-owned airline have agreed to end a two-week
strike which grounded flights and left passengers stranded, a
senior government official said on Friday.
The work boycott has affected local and international
flights and the Air Zimbabwe board had threatened disciplinary
measures against the workers who were demanding payment of
allowances that were cut off in February.
Patison Mbiriri, Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and
Communications, said the outstanding allowances would be paid
and no disciplinary measures would be taken against the workers.
"All pilots have agreed to return to work and subject to
operational requirements being met, normal flights are expected
to resume on Friday," Mbiriri said in a statement.
The loss-making airline has seen its passenger numbers fall
more than 30 percent since 2000 due to a sharp decline in
tourist arrivals and an economic crisis blamed on President
Robert Mugabe's policies, such as seizures of white-owned
commercial farms for black resettlement.
The carrier is embroiled in a legal dispute over its move
last year to shed 500 jobs in a bid to cut costs.