1) Freeport Employees Reject MoU
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - At least 14 Freeport Indonesia workers went to the Manpower Ministry's office on December 27.
They submitted a letter rejecting the memorandum of understanding between the union and Freeport regarding the termination of employment.
The employees' lawyer Harris Azhar said the employees believe that Freeport was being deceitful by putting pro-company workers into unions before making the deal.
The truth is, according to Harris, Freeport's union leader position is empty because the commissioner had been fired.
"People who are friendly with the company were the ones who made the deal. They suddenly sat down with Freeport," he said yesterday.
In February, Freeport laid off hundreds of employees while in negotiations with the government over the miner's contract. Thousands of employees held strikes in May, resulting in them getting sacked as well.
Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said the company tried to ask the protesters to go back to work, but they refused, and thus "we considered them to have voluntarily resigned," he said, referring to the contract between the miner and its workers.
Riza said Freeport will still help employees financially, based on the length of their service for the company. In addition, employees are allowed to return to work at Freeport Indonesia, provided they enter through contractors and go through selection stages.
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2) A teenager in Mappi was shot dead by police officers
Kamis, 28 Desember 2017 — 19:28
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,
Merauke, Jubi - One of the teenagers in Mappi district, Nikolausi Bernolpus, 19, was shot dead by police officer Mappi Police named Bripka DE. The victim was shot using a revolver type weapon at the bottom of the back neck and died.
"Indeed, the perpetrators of Bripka DE violate the rules, because there is no command duties with other members. Moreover, carrying weapons to shoot victims, "said Police Chief Mappi, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Wartono, when contacted via mobile phone Thursday (28/12/2017).
Wartono explained that the shooting occurred on December 25, 2017 at around 04.00 WITA. Whereas before the incident members conducted night patrol using cars in Keppi City, Mappi and surrounding areas.
"When the patrol entered the Frog Road, found a group of people suspected of being drinking. Furthermore, asked to go home because each morning must go to church to celebrate the Christmas celebration, "said Wartono explained.
Unbeknownstly, at about 3:40 am one of the plainclothes police officers emerged from behind, too, rebuking the victim. But not well received, resulting in a fight.
While fighting the victim ran to his house took a sharp weapon. After going home with wood and hitting policemen to fall. Instantly, it was given a warning shot twice to take it.
"A few moments later, the victim ran away and the police officer pointed the gun at the victim's neck at the back," Wartono explained.
Currently the perpetrator has been taken to Polda Papua to undergo further examination with status as a suspect. "We've been to the family home and took care of everything including up to the funeral," he said.