Source: The Associated Press
via: West Papua Action Network
Timika: Freeport McMoRan has suspended operations at its gold and copper mine
in eastern Indonesia due to fighting among its employees.
Company spokesman Ramdani Sirait says it suspended operations on Thursday because some workers who took part in a strike have been committing acts of violence and intimidation against supervisors and workers who didn’t strike.
But union official Juli Parorongan says both sides are to blame for violence that has left several workers injured.
Sirait said on Sunday that the company was working with local authorities and union officials to resolve the issue.
Some 8,000 unionized employees walked off their jobs for four months last year demanding pay hikes. They ended their strike in December after getting a 37 percent raise and improved benefits.