The Government has released more than K500 million as a redundancy package for the 320 redundant Indeni Petroleum Refinery workers in Ndola.
The facility is currently under care and maintenance.
Energy Minister Peter Kapala said the workers, who were declared redundant in June this year, would be paid their full benefits, barring procedural delays.
“Government was always aware of the provision 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 (Wednesday) hence the payment being made before the deadline,” Mr. Kapala said.
He said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the delays were due to 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.
Mr. Kapala said the audit was intended to verify the bills to be paid to the employees.
“To make this payment possible, on July 28, 2022 parliament approved a supplementary budget of K612,000,000 under Head 62, Minister of Energy to pay terminal benefits to Indeni workers,” stated the minister