JAKARTA, March 12 Work at the Grasberg
mine in eastern Indonesia run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Inc resumed as expected on Monday for the first time
since a suspension on Feb 23, according to the company and the
"PT Freeport Indonesia has resumed production activities,
Monday, March 12, 2012. Management and the union leaders have
been coordinating to mobilise the employees back to work," said
a statement from the company emailed to Reuters.
Grasberg in the highlands of Papua is the largest gold mine
in the world and the second-largest copper mine. Operations were
suspended by Freeport on Feb. 23 because of work disruptions
following a three-month strike late last year.
Attempts to return the mine to normal have been hampered by
protracted disputes between management and unionised workers, as
well as by security concerns.
"We need to build solid teamwork with good, fair and equal
partnership so that its a victory for the company as well as the
workers," union leader Sudiro told Reuters, confirming that work
Intimidation and violence by some workers against others who
did not take part in the strike disrupted operations at the
mine, located in the highlands of central Papua province, the
company said in an earlier statement about the disruptions that
led to the stoppage in February.