19 Apr 2007

Freeport strike in Papua in third day

6:22 pm on 19 April 2007

A strike at the Freeport mine in Indonesia's Papua province is in its third day, with conflicting reports about its impact.

The mine management says operations continue despite the walkout of several thousands workers which the company describes as an illegal strike.

The workers are demanding increases in their wages and a greater share of the benefits from the lucrative mine operations for Papuans.

The General Secretary of the West Papuan Workers Union Association at Freeport, Penina Karma, says she hopes the dispute will be resolved shortly.

"There are 27 resolutions. We will continue this strike until they answer our demand."

Penina Karma says the situation is calm.

Reuters news agency says authorities beefed up security in Timika today with about 300 security personnel deployed near the Freeport office.