Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tembagapura City Heats Up

Wednesday, 18 April, 2007 | 15:54 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Tembagapura: The situation in Tembagapura City, Papua, has become heated following a rally by PT Freeport Indonesia’s employees from Papua.

Yesterday (17/4), around 3,000 employees, who are members of Tongoi—an organization of Freeport workers of Papua origin—marched 64 kilometers to the Gorong-gorong Bus Terminal, Tembagapura.

This action was taken after PT Freeport’s management prohibited them from using the employee buses.

From the bus terminal, they headed to the Mimika Provincial Legislative Council (DPRD) building to join other employees who had arrived earlier.

It was planned that the employee will carry out a major rally by marching to Kuala Kencana City square today.

Since Monday (16/4), PT Freeport Indonesia’s employees in several departments have been demanding salary rises of up to 250 percent.

In addition to salary rise, they have also called for an end to discriminative treatment against workers from Papua.

“We proposed 27 resolutions,” Silas Natimey, Tongoi’s Deputy General Chairman, told Tempo in Timika.

DPRD Timika actually tried to bridge the employees’ demands with the company’s management by holding a meeting at the DPRD building two days ago.

However, PT Freeport Indonesia’s management was only represented by the Vice President for Industrial Relation, Hersubeno.

Mindo Pangaribuan, spokesperson for PT Freeport Indonesia, stated that the company has accommodated the aspirations of the employees’ who are members of Tongoi.

“We have answered them all, in person or written, to the management,” he said when contacted by Tempo.



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