23 Sep 2011

Freeport memo urges Papua strikers back to mine

5:03 pm on 23 September 2011

The multinational mining company Freeport McMoRan is calling for thousands of striking workers at its Papua mine to get back to work.

The firm's chief executive, Richard Adkerson, says the strike is significantly slowing production at the vast Grasberg gold and copper mine in the Indonesian province.

In a memorandum the United States-based Mr Adkerson and Freeport chairperson, James Moffett, urge union representatives to terminate the strike to benefit all stakeholders of the company's operations.

They also ask workers to return to negotiations and continue a dialog with management through the ongoing mediation process.

The memorandum asks workers who are striking to do so in an orderly and peaceful manner and not to intimidate or stop those who want to work.

Mr Adkerson and Mr Moffett say they'll ensure that the company respects Indonesian laws and regulations and treats employees fairly.

They add that Freeport's direct benefits to the Indonesian government over the past 20 years exceed 12 billion US dollars and that the company's invested more than 450 million dollars in a Partnership Fund for Community Development .