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New Freeport recruits violate Labor Law: Minister

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 13 2011   /  08:00 am

The world’s largest publicly traded copper mining firm, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc., may have to wait a little longer to get its Indonesian operations back on track, pending a court ruling to settle a salary dispute with its workers.

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar warned the company that it could not recruit new workers to replace those participating in a month-long strike. Such a move, he said, would be in violation of the Labor Law.

“PT Freeport’s management is not allowed to recruit new workers or conduct massive layoffs to replace those who are on strike until the industrial dispute is settled,” Muhaimin said on Wednesday in response to an announcement by Indonesian subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia, on the new recruits.

Muhaimin said the company must wait for a verdict from the Industrial Court.

The workers have...