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Freeport Union to Resist Move to Resume Grasberg Output

March 05, 2012

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX)’s workers at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia will resist any move to resume production today, a week after operations were halted, a labor union official said.

“The management has contacted some workers, asking them to return to work today,” Virgo Solossa, head of organizational affairs at PT Freeport Indonesia’s labor union, said today by telephone from Timika near the mine in Papua province. “We will resist that without an official letter or memo from the company clarifying the situation.”

Ramdani Sirait, a Jakarta-based spokesman at PT Freeport Indonesia, said by e-mail he had no immediate information about a plan to resume production today.

Supply from Grasberg, which contains the world’s biggest recoverable copper reserves, was halted last month after violence flared up among employees in the aftermath of a strike last year over pay increases. A three-month strike ended after Phoenix-based Freeport agreed Dec. 14 to increase wages.

To contact the reporter on this story: Soraya Permatasari in Melbourne at soraya@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Keenan at rkeenan5@bloomberg.net; Andrew Hobbs at ahobbs4@bloomberg.net


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