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Mining, Papua

Freeport strike extended for another month

Union workers at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mine in the Papua region have extended their strike for a second month, reports Radio New Zealand International.

About 12,000 of Freeport’s 23,000 workers have reportedly joined the strike, reducing mining, processing and shipping of concentrates from Grasberg, the world’s third-largest copper mine.

The union has lowered its pay rise demand to $12.50 to $37 an hour from $17.5 to $43 an hour.

Earlier this week the union rejected a Freeport offer of a 25 percent increase.


 

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