THOUSANDS ON STRIKE AT FREEPORT’S PAPUA MINE

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Union wants pay hike from US$2.10 hour to US$17 hour.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 15, 2011) – Thousands of workers at Freeport-McMoran’s gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s Papua region have begun a month-long strike to protest against low wages.

A union spokesman says 90 percent of the mine’s 12,000 employees are taking part in the strike hoping to raise the hourly minimum wage from US$2.10 an hour to more than US$17 an hour.

Workers say they want to get what the US-own company Freeport pays its workers in other countries.

Freeport says there is no legal basis for the work stoppage.

Analysts say the company is set to lose US$30 a day in revenue.

The strike is worrying Jakarta as Freeport is Indonesia’s top tax payer, contributing US1.75 billion last year.

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