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Freeport workers hold strike, blockade road to protest workplace accidents

JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Around 2,000 workers of PT Freeport Indonesia held strike on Wednesday (Oct 1) at the company’s Grasberg mining site in Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua.  The workers demand full investigation over series of accidents that led to tens of workers lost their live.

Kompas daily reported that the workers held strike and blocked road access to the Grasberg mining site since 02.15 am.

Atius Tabuni, a representative of worker said that the Freeport’s management must communicate with the All Indonesian Workers Federation (SPSI) Freeport Indonesia branch to address the accidents in the mining site and find solution to the high-risk work place.

Spokesperson of Freeport Indonesia’s SPSI Juli Parorongan said the workers demand the company to pay serious attention on safety procedures at the mining site.

Daisy Primayanti, spokesperson of PT Freeport Indonesia, was quoted by the paper as saying that the company regretted the workers’ strike and road blockade which has led to disruption of operational activities in the mining site.

In the latest accident, four workers were killed and five were injured as two vehicles (one hauling truck) collided. (





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