Freeport Workers To Renew Strike on Sept 15

From the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM):

A branch of ICEM Indonesian affiliate FSP-KEP (SPSI), the Trade Union of Chemical, Energy, and Mine Workers, will renew strike action this week, 15 September, with a month-long walkout at a leading global copper and gold mining complex, the Grasberg operation of US-based Freeport-McMoRan in eastern Papua province on New Guinea Island.

The strike by 10,000 Indonesia miners would follow an eight-day strike in July that saw six union leaders sacked, only to be returned to their jobs when mine management relented and agree to re-start pay talks.

Those talks did resume in Timila on 20 July but after a number of sessions, no agreement was reached on pay for 2011 to 2013 and negotiations broke off on 5 September. The FSP-KEP branch is seeking a doubling of miners’ US$1.50-per-hour wage rate, while PT Freeport is offering only an 11% increase, mostly in the form of bonuses.

… The FSP-KEP branch is reportedly asking now to negotiate directly with Freeport-McMoRan’s chairman and non-elective board member James Moffett, who took in a total compensation package last year of US$21.5 million.

 

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