Freeport fires striking workers at Grasberg mine in Indonesia

Published: 11 May 2017

Mining operator PT Freeport Indonesia is laying off workers taking strike action at the Grasberg mine.

On 1 May, more than ten thousand mineworkers who are members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Chemical, Energy and Mines Workers Union (CEMWU) embarked on 30 days of strike action in protest at the company’s furlough policy.

Contractors joined the strike on 9 May.

The company declared the strike illegal, and announced that striking workers would be considered absent without leave. Any worker absent for five days would lose their job.

So far, 178 workers have been terminated, with another 44 scheduled for this week, and a further 83 later. The company has stated that because the mine has national strategic importance, all protests are banned, and striking workers are not allowed on company premises.

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