16 Jan 2006

Mobile squad sent to PNG's Porgera mine following strike action

4:55 pm on 16 January 2006

Papua New Guinea police have sent a mobile squad to the Porgera gold mine amid concern that property could be damaged in a dispute involving mine employees who object to a planned takeover of the company.

The newspaper, The National, reports that 60 police from the Southern region have been deployed.

Asssistant Commissioner, Tony Wagambie, says the team is to prevent any incidents emanating from last week's strike.

The action was called by workers reportedly opposed to a takeover of the mine owner, Placer Dome, by the Canadian company, Barrick Gold Corporation.

The newspaper says the workers feared that they would lose entitlements if Placer left.