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Another Freeport worker involved in recent clash dies

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, October 17 2011   /  08:00 am

Another worker at giant copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), who was wounded in a clash with security officers at Gorong-Gorong bus terminal in Timika, Papua, on Oct. 10, died on Saturday at his home in Kwamki Lama.

The body of the worker, identified as Leo Wandagau, 36, was being kept at the secretariat of PTFI labor union SPSI in Timika on Sunday.

A PTFI worker named Petrus Ayamiseba was shot dead during the clash when the police fired warning shots.

The dispute, which was initially sparked by demands by the workers for a wage increase, has apparently spread. It no longer only concerns PTFI and its workers but now also involves local tribesmen. The clash on Oct. 10 followed a lengthy negotiation process on the part of the company in response to the workers’ demands for a wage increase.

Leo’s family demanded that PT FI took responsibility ...