Freeport Union Leaders Reinstated

While Freeport workers won’t begin negotiations on pay and benefits until later this week, workers have won recognition of union leadership, reinstatement of fired workers, and back pay.  This update from the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) explains:

In the negotiated end to the strike that included the union, managers, and local government representatives, Freeport-McMoRan agreed to reinstate the six [fired union leaders] with backpay for duration of the strike and to also pay the 10,000 strikers their wages over the eight days.

Grasberg Managing Director Armando Mahler also agreed to fully recognise the democratically-elected leaders of PT Freeport, and to commence full negotiations toward a new collective agreement on 20 July.


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