Freeport Indonesia workers plan June demonstration

The workers at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia are planning to protest this month against the dismissal of 3 employees and security problems.

A union official gave no details about the protest and it was unclear how it would affect operations at the remote mine which holds the world’s largest gold reserves and second largest copper reserves.

Last year, thousands of unionized Freeport workers halted production at Grasberg in the country’s longest ever strike. The company’s profits were hit and copper prices rose as a result of the protest.

Mr Virgo Solossa spokesman for Freeport Indonesia’s union said that “In the near future in June we will hold a demonstration in connection with security issues and the dismissal of 3 employees which we regard as not in accordance with procedure. This action will be firm or we will stop completely.”

Mr Solossa said that three workers were dismissed after being taken to court for being involved in a fight. Workers are also concerned about the security situation because of frequent shootings near the mine in the Papua region.

Source: Reuters


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