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Jakarta Post

Freeport, workers haggle over wages

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 3 2011   /  08:00 am

PT Freeport Indonesia says it cannot fulfill its workers’ demands for hourly wages because their offered 22 percent salary increase was the best among the mining companies operating in the country.

Company spokesman Ramdani Sirait said over the weekend that in addition to the basic salary increase, Freeport also provides its employees with many benefits including medical expenses, bonuses from gold and copper sales, education support from kindergarten to university and housing loans.

“We’re sure that the package we offer in the new work contracts between the management and workers is the best among other multinational mining companies operating in Indonesia,” he said.

With the old rate, the lowest level non-staff workers or field operators received Rp 170 million (US$18,640) in take-home pay including benefits each year, while the highest level received Rp 23...