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21 Aug 2017

RNZ Pacific

Indonesia: Freeport-Mcmoran withdraws health care benefits of laid off workers; 10 have died due to lack of access to hospital services

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"Ten people die in Papua during mine labour dispute", 16 August 2017

An Australian miners' union says 10 people have died in Indonesia's Papua province due to a labour dispute at the Grasberg mine.

...Four thousand workers were laid off by Freeport McMoran after going on strike in May.

The strike was in response to the threat of layoffs after mining was disrupted by a dispute between the government and the company.

Freeport said that the workers were considered to have resigned because they violated their contracts.

Andrew Vickers of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union said health rights for the redundant workers and education for their children had been withdrawn by Freeport.

Mr Vickers said 10 people died after being rejected by a hospital due to a lack of healthcare coverage.