28 Sep 2011

Papua mine workers to rally

8:34 am on 28 September 2011

Workers at the Freeport-McMoRan mine in Indonesia's Papua region will rally tomorrow after failing to agree on pay increases in government-brokered talks last week.

Some workers have reportedly returned to work, but Bloomberg reports about half of 8,000 non-staff workers at the Grasberg mine will join the protest

Workers at Grasberg, the world's largest copper and gold mine, are seeking an increase in wages to between US$17.50 and $43 an hour from $1.50 to $3.50.

Virgo Solossa, the head of organizational affairs at Freeport Indonesia's labor union, as saying they have conducted a peaceful stoppage in the 12 days of strike, but the management has declared the activity illegal.

Mr Solossa says the union wants to show it remains solid and will question the 'no work no pay' note from management as well as sanctions against several strikers.