Workers of Freeport Indonesia began a month-long strike in Mimika, Papua, on Monday (01/05), following deadlocked negotiations over lay offs with the company's management. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao.)

Freeport Employees Go on Month-Long Strike

BY :BERITA SATU

MAY 01, 2017

Jakarta. Workers of Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of Freeport McMoRan, began a month-long strike in Mimika, Papua, on Monday (01/05), following deadlocked negotiations over lay offs with the company's management.

Freeport Indonesia is going to dismiss every worker who has been absent for five days in a row.

"We waited until midnight for the management's good will to accept our demands," mining workers leader at the Indonesian Workers Union, Yafet Panggala, said as quoted by Antaranews.com.

He added that thousands of workers will be protesting against the lay offs that were triggered by the company's dispute with the government.

Yafet said the rally will involve Freeport contractors and employees from 14 working units. The contractors are expected to join the strike on May 9.

"The strike is not our goal but a tool for our struggle," he said.

Freeport McMoRan president Richard Adkerson said at a press conference in Jakarta last month that the miner had dismissed about 10 percent of its expatriate workforce and will let go of its contract workers as well.

New rules, which Freeport is unwilling to accept, require the company to obtain a new mining permit, divest a 51 percent stake, build a second copper smelter, relinquish arbitration rights and pay new taxes and royalties.

With additional reporting by Reuters.

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