FIDH: "Grasberg mine - PT Freeport Indonesia must respect workers’ rights"

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8 November 2011

Grasberg mine: PT Freeport Indonesia must respect workers’ rights

Author: FIDH

Since September 15, thousands of workers have been on strike at Grasberg, in West Papua, the world’s largest gold mine. Grasberg is exploited by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), a branch of the US-based company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) call on PTFI and the Indonesian national authorities to refrain from further acts of reprisals against striking workers, including violence, and find through active dialogue a sustainable response to the workers’ legitimate demands.

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Company response
8 November 2011

[DOC] G4S responds

Author: G4S

PT Securicor Indonesia (G4S) has been providing security services to Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) since 2006. Any allegations of intimidation by G4S personnel against PTFI employees to force them to return to work during the illegal strike are baseless and false. G4S security employees are unarmed civilians. G4S is providing security support to protect the rights of PTFI employees that choose to work during the illegal strike, a right guaranteed under Indonesian law. G4S will continue to protect the facility and its staff members from security and safety risks.

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Article
2 November 2011

Global Trade Union Delegation Urges Restraint, Good-Faith Talks to Resolve Grasberg Mine Strike [Indonesia]

Author: Intl. Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Union (ICEM)

ICEM…sent a delegation to Indonesia from 30 October to 2 November at the request of the PT Freeport Indonesia Workers’ Union...to investigate the stalemated labour dispute and strike by their mineworkers at the Grasberg mine of Freeport-McMoRan in Papua Province. The delegation…met with Indonesian governmental ministries involved in the strike, with the chief Human Resource representatives of PT Freeport Indonesia, and with leaders of PT Freeport Indonesia Workers’ Union…The delegation is highly concerned with the volatile situation that exists on picket lines leading to the mine, and urges restraint by all parties in order to avoid further violence and physical conflict. The delegation is encouraged that the two sides have shown a willingness to return to bargaining on Monday, 7 [November]…

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Company response
1 November 2011

Freeport-McMoRan statement on developments at the mine

Author: Freeport-McMoRan

PT-FI continues to seek to end the strike, which has no legal basis, and to conclude negotiations, on a fair and reasonable basis, of the bi-annual renewal of its collective labor agreement...Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. condemns human rights violations of any form. We have a longstanding commitment to the protection of human rights and have been vigorous in communicating, enacting and enforcing our Human Rights Policy…

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Company response
11 August 2011

Response by G4S: Reports of further violence at Freeport Indonesia’s Grasberg mine, G4S officers allegedly intimidated striking workers.

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