Employees of Freeport continue strike

Padangekspres.net-JAYAPURA, Papua: The employees and management of copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia continued their strike for a third day on Wednesday, demanding that the company renegotiate their contracts.

“Up until now the management still does not acknowledge the executive board members of the All-Indonesia Labor Union [SPSI] of the PT FI branch,” the union’s deputy secretary Obed Lobo told The Jakarta Post.

Obed said that the union had thoroughly dealt with its internal problems including the annulment of Nur Haida’s leadership by the SPSI’s central executive board.

“We tried to meet with the management together with the Central SPSI executive from Jakarta but we were not welcomed,” Obed said.

With the refusal, he said, he did not know who else could represent the workers to discuss the solution over the problem. He also said that they would continue the strike until an agreed condition was reached between the employees and the management.

Thousands of employees were still seen blocking the road heading to mining sites as of Wednesday, reportedly cutting the company’s production by up to 90 percent as most of the workers on strike were from the production unit.


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