By Scoop Reporter
NO contract for any of the local employees Ndola Lime must be terminated by the company but jobs must be preserved with enhanced pensionable conditions of service, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demanded.
All workers at Ndola Lime Company Limited will lose their jobs on is 31st July 2020.
According to an internal memorandum signed by the interim Business Rescue Administrator Stephen Bwalya, workers will receive letters of retrenchment together with computations of amounts due to each of them.
But NDC deputy spokesperson Chipoka Mulenga has told The Scoop that the Ministries of Labour and Mines must ensure that the employees get at least three months redundancy pay for each year served before as they are re-engaged.
Mr. Chipoka said every well-meaning Government must have an agenda to empower its citizenry and local entrepreneurs with sustainable and successful business enterprises that have capacity to compete at international level.
He however says under the PF leadership, the agenda is to sell every national economic securities to foreign nationals and that enterprises that Zambians are well able to run and have been managing in past years are all under threat.
“As NDC, we demand that the new owners of Ndola Lime, must not terminate any job for any local employees. We demand that all jobs are preserved with enhanced pensionable conditions of service. Senior management jobs must also be equitably shared with local qualified specialists.
“We refuse to see a scenario of all top management jobs being foreign covered. We call on the Ministries of Labor and Mines to ensure that the employees get at least three months redundancy pay for each year served before as they are re-engaged,” Mr. Chipoka said.
He says currently, Indeni has not been processing crude oil because of total neglect by Government to have a mutually beneficial understanding with suppliers.
He says suppliers that have always been arm-twisting Zambians a situation which, if allowed to continue, will completely cripple the already ailing economy of Zambia adding that this is an excuse PF is waiting for to justify the complete sale of Indeni Oil.
“Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) has been run down by this regime deliberately just to allow their friends in the name of middle men who are given contracts to buy and supply fertilizer from Persia. All these suppliers are of Asian origin.
“No Zambian entrepreneurs is involved in the business chain. NCZ has capacity to fulfill Zambia’s need of fertilizer and export to other nations. All that is needed is recapitalization by Government. We know of a plan to sale NCZ under the pretext that it is unprofitable,” he said.