GOVERNMENT released more than K500 million as a redundancy package for workers of Indeni Oil Refinery, which is currently under care and maintenance.
This means that the 320 Indeni Refinery workers, who were declared redundant in June this year, will be paid their full benefits starting today, barring procedural delays.
Minister of Energy Peter Kapala said government is always aware of the provisions of the labour laws of Zambia, which indicate that when someone is declared redundant, they have to be paid their dues within 60 days.
“The 60 days expired yesterday hence the payment being made before the deadline. The delays were due a combination of factors but chief among them was the time needed to complete an audit, sanctioned by the Secretary to the Treasury Felix Nkulukusa, to verify the bills to be paid to the Indeni employees,” he said.
Mr Kapala said to make the payment possible, on July 28, this year, Parliament approved a supplementary budget of K612,000,000 under Head 62 Ministry of Energy to pay terminal benefits to Indeni workers.