Dozens of employees of the Fieri incinerator came out in protest to demand their salaries, which they have not received for five months. The salary for their work in this plant is the only income they bring to the family.
They say that they have contacted the company's administrator and have raised the concern with state institutions for a long time, but nothing has been resolved so far. The employees say that during these months they have been in debt, and they have even received their food in lists.
But what is the source of their problem? Non-payment for five months coincides with the period when, through an arbitrary decision and in violation of contractual obligations, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, headed by Belinda Balluku, stopped payments for this incinerator.
It is about payments from June to October last year, which in total amount to 315 million ALL, or about 2.7 million euros. The payments, according to the contract signed between the Albanian government and the Fier incinerator company, would serve to pay off the salaries for the employees and for the complete closure of the investment, since a turbine of this incinerator has been blocked at customs by Belinda Balluku.
The Fier incinerator company, owned by Klodian Zoto, has been seized by court decision since December 2021. Since then, it has been managed by the state Agency for the Administration of Seized and Confiscated Properties headed by Faraudin Arapin.
This means that the whole problem for non-payment of incinerator employees originates from the state chain, with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy headed by Belinda Balluku as the main culprit. This is one of the many and typical cases when the state penalizes its citizens by causing social crises for non-repayment of obligations for which it undertakes in contracts with private individuals.
However, the Fier incinerator case is only the tip of the iceberg of the arrears of the Ministry headed by Belinda Balluku. According to the final financial report of last year's arrears, this ministry has a stock of debts of almost 4 billion lek, or more than 35 million euros. Half of these arrears are towards private investments.
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