Workers of Freeport Indonesia to go on strike

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 6:48 AM
Workers of Freeport Indonesia to go on strike

Thousands of workers at Freeport-McMoran's gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia say they'll go on strike Thursday over low wages.

Union spokesman Juli Parorongan says 95 percent of the 12,000 workers at the Grasberg mine in Papua province have agreed to take part in the monthlong work-stoppage.

This will be the second strike this year at one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines.

The eight-day work stoppage in July _ also protesting lower wages and dismissal of union leaders _ brought operations to a standstill.

Parorongan said negotiations since then have gone nowhere.

Freeport urged workers to ignore the strike.