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Freeport, workers sign agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 11, 2011) – Workers at US company Freeport McMoRan’s giant gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s Papua region have agreed to end a strike that has lasted more than a week.

The announcement follows a meeting between the company and the union representing workers yesterday.

More than 8,000 workers from the company went on strike on July 4 to demand better wages, disrupting more than 90 percent of production.

A company spokeswoman, Sinta Sirait, told the newsagency AFP that an agreement has now been signed with the employees.

But the parties have not yet reached a deal over workers’ demands on salary increases.

Union chief, Sudiro, says there will be further negotiations after this and workers are expected to be back at work in a day or two.

The Freeport McMoRan’s gold and copper mine in Papua is one of the world’s top suppliers of copper.

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