20 Oct 2011

No resolution to Freeport strike in Papua now in its second month

5:28 pm on 20 October 2011

A spokesperson for the union of striking workers at Freeport McMoran's mine in Indonesia's Papua region says the dispute with the US-based company is no nearer a resolution.

This comes after unidentified gunmen last weekend shot dead three contract workers bound for the Grasberg mine at the centre of a strike for better wages, now in its second month.

The Indonesian government is continuing to try and facilitate negotiations with both parties although Freeport management has failed to attend some of the scheduled talks.

The union's Juli Parorrongan says there was no Freeport presence at the latest meeting.

"Today we're in the Papua Hotel to meet with the government and the parliament to resolve this problem but the strike is still going unresolved."

Juli Parorrongan