The principal of Alexander Law, Sam Iskander, today confirmed that entitlement payments from Clive Palmer had begun flowing to QNI workers.
Mr Iskander, whose law firm is managing the trust account established for unpaid QNI worker entitlements, said at least 20 claims totalling approximately $450,000 had already been paid, with an estimated 50 to be settled before the end of the week.
“We have had a lot of queries asking if the claims will be paid before the election” Mr Iskander said.
“Claims are being assessed and payments are flowing to the workers,’’ he said.
In April the chairman of QNI Resources Limited, Mr Palmer, announced he would pay unpaid workers’ entitlements despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals at the Queensland refinery.
$7 million was placed into a trust account with Alexander Law.
Clive Palmer said the Townsville community must be reminded that it was the administrators who dismissed 546 people and closed down the refinery for no good reason except political gain.
QNI Resources is publishing notices in the Townsville media and on the QNI website explaining how workers can forward claims so they can be considered.