Thursday, May 2, 2013

1) Freeport Urges Striking Mine Workers to Be More Realistic



1) Freeport Urges Striking Mine Workers to Be More Realistic
2) Police arrest 6 separatists in Papua
3) Deaths Mark 50 Years Of West Papua Occupation
4) AWPA letter to Aust Foreign Minister
5) Papua: Indon police allegedly torture non-violent activist
6) West Papua: Reflections from behind iron bars of Indonesia
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1) Freeport Urges Striking Mine Workers to Be More Realistic




Mining giant Freeport Indonesia has told striking workers to be realistic with their demands, after more than a thousand employees walked off the job ahead of May Day this week.
“In a condition full of uncertainties, resulting from a widening budget deficit, a depreciated gold price and a weakening external situation, all parties as a single community should have a realistic hope and together face the possibility of economic slowdown in Indonesia,” the company said in a statement.
Some 1,100 workers, employed by contractors and not directly by Freeport Indonesia, went on strike at Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua on Tuesday to demand higher wages.
Workers from contractors Jasti Pravita, Osato Seike and Srikandi Mitra Karya were involved in the latest action, according to Freeport. They were mostly construction workers hired to expand the mine, their union said.
Union official Virgo Solossa said the workers were threatening a month-long strike.
“But we hope the workers and the firm can reach a deal on pay before that,” he added.
An official from the union representing workers directly employed by Freeport said none of its members were involved in the action and had no plans to strike.
“The strike will obviously slow our activities, but we have yet to anticipate any direct impacts to our mining operation and production,” the company said.
The statement added that the company was committed to complying with the nation’s labor laws and demanded that contractors also comply.
“We will not be hesitant to slap sanctions on contractors disobeying the Labor Law,” it said.
In 2011, Freeport Indonesia’s operations were hit hard when thousands of employees went on a three-month strike to demand better pay. Clashes between the workers and security officers left one person dead.
JG & AFP
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2) Police arrest 6 separatists in Papua

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While people all over the world commemorated May 1 as a day for workers, residents in Papua celebrated on Wednesday the integration of Papua province into Indonesia.
In Jayapura, residents celebrated the integration of Papua into Indonesia by holding a float parade while introducing national heroes from Papua: Frans Kaisipeo, Marthen Indey, Silas Papare and Elieser Yan Bonai.
The police, however, arrested six people in Ibdi village in Biak regency for commemorating the day as Papua's annexation by Indonesia and raising the Morning Star flag of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM).
"The six people were arrested because they were flying the banned flag," Papua Police chief spokesman Sr. Comr. I Gede Sumerta Jaya said in Jayapura.
Some 50 other people were provoking the crowd to secede from Indonesia, he said. Sumerta added that when police were trying to disperse the crowd, they tried to seize firearms from the officers. The police were forced to fire warning shots.
In Sorong, West Papua, one soldier was injured when security officers tried to break up a crowd commemorating the annexation. The crowd refused to disperse and instead attacked security personnel using sharp weapons.
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3) Deaths Mark 50 Years Of West Papua Occupation

By Alex Rayfield
West Papuans marched against 50 years of Indonesian occupation yesterday, despite a brutal response from security forces and the killing of two young organisers. Alex Rayfield reports
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4) AWPA letter to Aust Foreign Minister

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
Media Release 2 May 2013
AWPA letter to Aust Foreign Minister re deaths/arrests in West Papua on the 1st May

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5) Papua: Indon police allegedly torture non-violent activist

BREAKING NEWS: Indon police allegedly detain and torture non-violent activist on Yapen Island
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6) West Papua: Reflections from behind iron bars of Indonesia

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