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Freeport, workers continue talks amid chaos

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 25 2011   /  05:00 am

Copper and gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia continued negotiations with striking workers in Papua on Monday.

“If [Monday’s] negotiations are unable to reach an agreement, the process will continue on Tuesday,” Mimika Manpower Agency chief Dionisius Mameyao said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

Dionisius said government representatives would mediate the negotiations on Wednesday if Tuesday’s sessions failed to produce an agreement.

The negotiations have come under the spotlight after around 1,000 workers launched a strike on Sept. 15, blockading roads and, according to Freeport, allegedly intimidating other workers and sabotaging an ore concentrate pipeline. The pipeline has since been repaired.

During negotiations on Friday, the Freeport branch of the All-Indonesian Workers Labor Union Confederation (SPSI) demanded that the company increase its minim...