Monday, October 10, 2016

1) Strike ends at US miner Freeport’s Indonesia sit

2) Freeport workers return to work


1) Strike ends at US miner Freeport’s Indonesia site
By AFP PUBLISHED: 16:42 +11:00, 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:42 +11:00, 10 October 2016
Workers have ended a strike at a huge Indonesian gold and copper mine owned by US firm Freeport-McMoRan after an 11-day walkout that hit operations, the company said Monday.
More than 1,000 workers, mostly truck operators, went on strike on September 28 at Grasberg, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines, located in the mountains of eastern Papua province.

General view of the Freeport office and staff housing complex at Tembagapura, near the Freeport McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines, in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province ©Olivia Rondonuwu (AFP/File)

The workers' union said they were angry about differences in bonus payments given to them and an engineering team at the site.
The strike hit operations at Grasberg's open-pit mine but an underground mine at the site was unaffected, and a processing plant continued operating at limited capacity.
Riza Pratama, a spokesman for Freeport's Indonesian unit, said in a statement the company and union on Saturday "reached an agreement to end the work stoppage at the Grasberg open-pit mine.
"As a result, normal operations have resumed at the Grasberg open-pit mine."
He did not provide details of the terms of the agreement.
Grasberg has been plagued by strikes, accidents and production problems in recent years.
In 2011, a three-month strike crippled production at the mine, and workers only halted the industrial action once Freeport agreed to a huge pay rise.

2) Freeport workers return to work

Senin, 10 Oktober 2016 12:13 WIB | 228 Views
Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - Thousands of mine workers of the Grasberg mine of PT Freeport Indonesia Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua, began to return to work after more than a week in strike starting 28 September 2016.

A legal advisor to the local union leader, Tri Puspita, said the workers began to work on Saturday after an agreement was reached with the management of PT Freeport Indonesia.

"Starting Saturday they began to work again," Tri Puspita said here on Sunday.

She said the union leaders accepted offer from the company management of additional bonus of 15-17 percent effective as from Oct 5, 2016. 

As for the workers demand for evaluation of the performance of a number of staff of the Grasberg Operation, will be made in the next three months, she added. 

PT Freeport Indoensia, a subsidiary of the US McMoRan Cooper and Gold has large gold and cooper mines in Papua.(*)

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