25 Dec '11, 7pm

Freeport Indonesia workers end strike

Freeport Indonesia workers end strike

TIMIKA, Indonesia: Workers at a giant Indonesian mine owned by US company Freeport-McMoRan burnt rocks and shot arrows at pigs on Sunday, marking the end of their three-month strike, a union official said. "These rituals were part of a traditional ceremony to mark the end of our strike and that we are ready to start life anew," the workers' union spokesman Virgo Solossa told AFP. Solossa said that roadblocks to the sprawling Grasberg mine, which holds the world's largest gold and second-largest copper reserves in restive Papua province, were also removed. "We will resume work very soon. Tomorrow (Monday) we will mobilise 400 workers to the mine and see if they face any security issues such as shootings. We will then send more workers," he added. Around 8,000 of Freeport's 23,000 workers have been on strike since September 15, crippling production at the mine. Under an agre...

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