Thursday, June 15, 2017


2) Seeking government`s intervention in Freeport`s labor problem



                                                                      Musa Mako Tabuni 1976-2012 – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Today, June 14, five years ago Mako Tabuni was shot dead with sharp bullet allegedly released by Papua Police Densus 88 officers.
The late Mako Tabuni, the Papuan fighters were killed at 9:30 AM in Perumnas III Waena, Jayapura on June 14, 2012.
The family of Mako Tabuni, Aseal Wenda when he visited Jubi’s office said there is no legal justice or certainty over the death of former chairman of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) until today. “It seems wasting time to look for justice,” Wenda said, feeling that there was no legal liability for Mako Tabuni’s murder.

“Since May 1, 1963 until now there is no victim of human rights violations in Papua who got certain degree of justice under the law of Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI),” said Asel Wenda to Jubi, Tuesday (June 13).
Wenda says justice for victims is only exaggerated as an issue but there is no legal certainty.
“We do not demand justice under NKRI law, since sacrifice of the people of Papua does not bear fruit of justice. It is almost impossible to get legal certainty for victims of military violence in Papua because they have been accumulated,” he said.
He wonders how the state will be able to provide legal certainty and justice for the death of the late Mako Tabuni while the bloody Wasior case and the Bloody Paniai case on December 8, 2014 remain idle.
“We are living in the Republic of Magic, everything can be transformed, which nothing actually solves and settled,” he wrote recalling Mako Tabuni.
The Report of Kontras (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) on June 13, 2001 suspected Brimob Police Officer of Papua Police to have carried out a raid on the villagers in Wondiboi Village, Wasior, Manokwari, West Papua. The raid was triggered by the killing of five Brimob members and one civilian of PT Vatika Papuana Perkasa company. Four people were killed, one was sexually abused, five were missing and 39 were tortured.
“16 years the case of Bloody Wasior has passed without a complete settlement by the state. The case of Wasior is one of the few cases whose root problem is the Natural Resources Conflict. We question the commitment of law enforcement on cases of Wasior and cases of natural resource conflict and human rights abuses in Papua, ” John Gobay said at a press conference commemorating the 16th anniversary of Bloody Wasior.
While in Jakarta, Siti Noorlaela, Commissioner of Komnas HAM’s Sub-Commission for Monitoring and Investigation, acknowledged one of the obstacles to the completion of gross human rights violations cases in Papua, including Wasior and Wamena case, because the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs (Menkopolhukam) was occupied by people with problems in human rights.
“Human rights violations are fact but Menkopolhukam expect ‘justice’ from reconciliation,” said Norr Laila, quoted by Tirto ID, Monday (June 12).
According to her, Wiranto who was given the responsibility by the president to resolve the case, along with his expert team, refused to acknowledge the incident. “We were very surprised. So this is a setback, ” she said. (*)


2) Seeking government`s intervention in Freeport`s labor problem

15th June 2017 | 982 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Over the past several years, labor strikes have hit PT Freeport Indonesia (FI), but the subsidiary of the US mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold has managed to find win-win solutions to the problems.

Having operated the Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province since 1967, PT Freeport Indonesia is into the business of exploration, mining, processing, and worldwide marketing of minerals such as copper, gold, and silver.

PT FI, one of the three biggest gold and copper mines on the planet, has provided jobs to local people and supported developmental programs in Indonesias easternmost province of Papua.

However, since May 1 this year, thousands of PT Freeport workers have been on strike following a dispute between the management and its labor union.  

The workers of Freeports contractors have also joined the strike. The labor union has even proposed to extend the strike until June 30, 2017.

The dispute began when the government banned the company from exporting copper concentrate as it failed to build a smelter for its minerals. The company was forced to lay off many workers for efficiency as it had to stop production.

As a consequence, PT Freeport and its sub-contract companies fired more than 2.5 thousand workers.

The layoff caused major concern for the authorities and the affected workers as well as their families, in particular.

Septinus Soumilena, Head of the Mimika manpower and transmigration office, said his office has tried its best to prevent the layoff by writing to the management of PT Freeport to cancel the layoff, but it was to no avail so far.

The Mimika district government is also ready to act as soon as possible to facilitate a meeting between the management of PT Freeport and the leaders of labor unions.  

In fact, a group of workers of PT Freeport Indonesia staged a demonstration in early June in front of the Mimika district administration, demanding interference in their dispute with the management of the mining company.

Many of the striking workers, who have been dismissed after long absence from work, presented a nine-point demand during the demonstration.

Among the points in the demand is that the government should be responsible for settling the working dispute with the management of PT FI.

They demand the government and the company to immediately reemploy the workers without any sanction. The workers include those laid off for efficiency.

They also urged the company management to stop alleged discrimination and criminalization of workers taking part in the strike, unilateral dismissal of workers, and intimidation of the leaders of labor union.

The district administration is asked to facilitate negotiations between the management of the workers.

Earlier, the district administration had already facilitated negotiations between the company management and the leaders of the workers, but the meeting ended in a disagreement.

Besides, International Mining Workers Organization IndustriALL Global Union has sought to draw high-level attention to the protracted dispute between Freeport Indonesia and its striking workers.

A local labor union leader Tri Puspita remarked that IndustriALL Global Union has sent a letter to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and to Freeport McMoRun leader Richard Adkerson in the United States to step in and settle the dispute.

"IndustriALL Global Union sent a letter to Jokowi on May 24, 2017, asking the Indonesian government to handle the labor problem in PT Freeport Indonesia. Letters are also sent to a number of related ministries and state agencies," Tri Puspita explained.

It has also sent similar letter to Adkerson, leader of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, the parent company of PT Freeport Indonesia.

Secretary General of IndustriALL Global Union Valter Sanches, in his letter, urged Jokowi to ask the management of PT Freeport to give back the rights to the workers.

Sanches stated that PT Freeport has to re-employ those workers who have been dismissed earlier, including those dismissed over furlough program.

Tri asked the government to step in to settle the problem especially there has been no attempt made for negotiations between the management of the company and leaders of the labor union after the last meeting end of April.

"We have been asked to return to work . In principle we want to work again but on condition, there is no layoff," Tri said.

PT Freeport Indonesias spokesman Riza Pratama said the management has twice asked the workers to return to work although they have been absent for five days.

The management said it would not reemploy workers who have repeated committing offenses despite warnings and sanctions especially those trying to intimidate loyal workers.

Meanwhile, the Papua Police has said it can solely protect and maintain security in PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua while a strike is ongoing but will not interfere in the companys labor problem.

The solution to the manpower problem should be in line with Law No 13 of 2003 and its derivative regulations, Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Boy Rafli stated in Mimika, recently.

The deployment of police personnel around the company is solely to protect it and ensure that thousands of striking workers do not commit actions that could disadvantage others, he remarked.

"There has been a tripartite effort. For the labor problem particularly, there is a clear ruling in the Law on Manpower," he added.

He urged striking workers to abide by the law and to maintain order and security.(*)


Jayapura, Jubi – Papua House of Representative Commission I in charge of government, politics, law and human rights urged PT Freeport Indonesia to stop the employees’ lay off.
Member of the House Commission I, Laurenzus Kadepa consider Freeport has gone too far for laying off its employees. The company is now casually laying off workers who demand what is rightfully and cannot be fulfilled by the company.
“Responding SPSI demo with layoffs is not a solution,” said Kadepa on Monday (June 12).

He warn the company for not acting authoritarian by responding the demands of employees with deployment of security forces.
“I support the actions and SPSI’ demands. We also ask for no more layoffs. Hire back the laid-off employees. Freeport has pocketed the IUPK from the government so the company’s demands have been fulfilled by government. What else is the company looking for?” he said.
While the Mimika Regent, Eltinus Omaleng stated that 2,800 people who involve in the strike and staged protest were no longer have the status of employees in PT Freeport Indonesia.
“They are no longer employees of Freeport since they have no IDs and conducted no activities in the work place, they are not registered as active employees in the company,” Omaleng said last weekend.
According to him, the government has no right in this disputes. The government can only facilitate companies, employees and SPSI of Mimika Regency. (*)

Jayapura, Jubi – Vice Chairman of Papuan House of Representatives Commission V, Nioluen Kotouki suspects, there is a scenario to prevent the implementation of Perdasus No. 16 of 2008 on population control in Papua, which has been legislated several years ago.
He said the Perdasus on demographic have been enacted by previous members of Papuan House. But it seems there are various parties who are not in line to that because it was considered not in favor of non-Papuans.
“We suspect there is a conspiracy within the executive itself to prevent the implementation of this Perdasus. It has been fixed, ready to announce and applied but until now it is not implemented,” said Kotouki Monday (June 12).

According to him, the contents of Perdasus described in Law Number 21 Year 2001, concerning Otsus Papua. Some of its articles are very crucial because it speaks for indigenous Papuans.
“The gov population service has never socialized this Perdasus, people come to Papua without controlled, now the impact is on the indigenous people of Papua. The related agencies do not analyze and interpret the law well,” he said.
Commission V promise to invite related agencies and the Perdasus will be socialized.
“The Perdasus is aimed for indigenous Papuans, which will have an impact on the welfare of indigenous Papuans and politics as well. If the issue is funding for socialization, we can push it in the house. But I think we can see that there are some interests are playing in this field, we hope that the governor see this. Those who do not want this Perdasus to be implemented is actually violate the Special Autonomy Law because as it is the mandate of Otsus,” he said.
While member of Commission V Natan Pahabol said this issue of population control and data, is closely related to the protection or safety of Papuans. People in Papua must be well regulated.
“In Perdasus the rules are clear; the problem is only implementation by the government. Population checks must be tightened,” said Natan.
The population law, he said, were also related to Papuan health, education, welfare, and issues of gap. If the population is well regulated, prosperity will be seen.
“Do not let the Papuans be marginalized. This is Otsus, so there must be a partiality to the indigenous Papuans in all legal products in Papua,” he said. (*)



Jayapura, Jubi – Early 2018, Jayapura City Government will record number of indigenous Papuans (OAPs) based on their home region.
Mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tomi Mano (BTM) said, funds allocated for data collection have been budgeted for Rp 500 million.
“The data collections for Port Numbay indigenous have been conducted in 14 villages in the city of Jayapura based on clans and tribes,” he said on Monday (June 12).
According to BTM, the program has been done and appreciated by Papua Governor, Lukas Enembe.
“I also ask the district and village heads to be able to help the program,” he said.
He also asked the district and village heads to coordinate and communicate with Ondoafi (indigenous bigmen) at Port Numbay for them to inform the citizens about the program.
He gives example that as how many people of Biak tribe who live in the city and what are their family klan name. It’s also applied with other OAP clans and tribes in the capital of Papua province.
Chief of Population and Civil Registration Office (Disdukcapil) of Jayapura City, Merlan S. Uloli admitted that they had recorded the indigenous persons of Port Numbay. Data collection on other OAP would be done according to the direction of the mayor.
The indigenous population of Port Numbay per December 3, 2015 was 10,723 people from about 491,000 residents of Jayapura City.
It is known from the Numbay Port System Application (SIAP) Jayapura City Government which was launched along with the provision of SNI ISO 9001: 2008 to Disdukcapil Kota Jayapura. (*)

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