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Freeport Indonesia disregards Papua Manpower Office’s Decree

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Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Workers, Students and Papuan People’s Coalition Yosepus Talakua accused PT. Freeport Indonesia neglects the Provincial Manpower Office’s decree.

“PT. Freeport is seeking for a way to smooth out their ‘furlough’ program because of the company has lost their profit even though it has not proven,” said Talakua when giving his statement at the Office of Papua Human Rights Advocates Association (PAHAM) on Monday (8/10/2018).

The decree No.560 / 1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office concerning the inspection of the Service Supervisory Team stated that the 18 months strike conducted by 8,300 Freeport workers were legal according to the Law No. 13 of 2003 about the employment.

Therefore, the termination of employment without the stipulation covered in article 151 is void,  whereas the mechanism of furlough determined by the Company not acknowledged by Law No, 13 of 2003.

Moreover, Talakua accused PT. Freeport’s statement about the loss was a defence to ignore the rights of thousands of workers who do strike to get justice for their fundamental rights, such as the right to live and to work as well as the right of association.

“We have attempted various efforts referring to the mechanism and the laws of the Republic of Indonesia by meeting with the government agencies and the House of Representatives for voicing the injustice committed by PT. Freeport Indonesia,” he said.

Meanwhile, to Antara, the Chairman of Department of Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers (SP-KEP) SPSI Aser Gobay said in the decree the Provincial Manpower Office also confirmed that the dispute of industrial relations between PT. Freeport Indonesia and the strike workers have no legal requirement.

On that basis, the Provincial Manpower Office believes that the Company is obliged to fulfil all the rights of the employee and provide them benefits and allowances from May 2017 to date.

“This is a step forward for the workers and their affiliation who do strikes in Mimika District. We have received a decree issued by the supervisory team of Papua Provincial Manpower Office in which concluded that a strike conducted since May 2017 legally acknowledged by the Indonesian Law,” said Gobay to Antara in Timika on Thursday (4/10/2018).

In line with that, the Papuan Student and Workers Coalition urge PT. Freeport Indonesia to Immediately comply with the Law No. 13 of 2003 and consider the fundamental rights of 8,300 workers that have been neglected by the company.

They also demanded the management of PT. Freeport to immediately provide the normative rights of employers and be responsible for 33 workers who died due to the termination of employment as a result of the strike.

Furthermore, the association asked the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration to take a prompt action to solve the protracted dispute between the workers and PT. Freeport Indonesia as well as urged the Papuan Parliament and the House of Representative to be assertive against PT. Freeport regarding a decree No. 560/1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office about addressing the termination of employment. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

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Papua Bangkit Stadium will ready in March 2019

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Papua Bangkit Stadium. – Jubi/Alex

Jayapura, Jubi – Sports Department of Papua Province is targeting the construction of Papua Bangkit Stadium which meets the FIFA standard located in Kampung Harapan, Jayapura Regency will finish in March 2019

Meanwhile, the Department Head of infrastructure management of Sports and Youth Provincial Office Bernard Sitorus claimed the construction has 97 per cent finished. It only needs small finishing works.

We continue to push our works, so it would be ready when President Widodo come for its launching,” Sitorus told reporters in Jayapura on Thursday (24/1/2019).

This 45,000-capacity stadium that spent approximately IDR 1.3 trillion of Papua Provincial Budget would be one of the biggest stadiums built in the eastern Indonesia region.

Separately, Dolly Abu Zain, the Site Engineering Manager of PT PP Tbk, added to accelerate the construction, approximately 900 workers were involved in this project, and some facilities including LED and electronic scoreboard have already been installed.

Meanwhile, the instalment of paving blocks for road access to the stadium has 100 per cent completed, as well as the roof installation. Now the homework left is to finish the instalment of the synthetic track.

“Meanwhile, it only needs small finishing works for the inside of the stadium. All chairs (for the audience) already installed,” said Dolly. (*)

 

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Governor’s objection to Freeport not be regarded as a political decision

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The illustration of Freeport Indonesia’s mining area.- Jubi/IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Parliament member of Commission I Yonas Nusy expect people do not regard the Papuan governor’s decision to object the letter of the Environment and Forestry Ministry on the recommendation of 1000 hectares of lands to Freeport for mining exploration from the political perspective.

“The governor’s decision should not be regarded as a political objection, but it’s more to his attempt to protect the protected forest area and Lorentz National Park,” said Nusy on Wednesday (23/1/2019).

Besides, according to him, the expansion of Freeport’s mining exploration areas should be further discussed with the customary landowners. “Even though Papua is part of Indonesia, this land (Papua) is the land of indigenous. Therefore, its customary law should be respected,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papuan Regional Secretary Herry Dosinaen said about Papuan Governor’s response on the ministry’s letter to permit 1000 hectares of land for Freeport’s mining area concession.

“Last time they asked for 2800 hectares, and now more 1000 hectares. But the governor refused it,” said Dosinaen.

He said the reason behind this objection is because the area is part of the forest conservation area and Lorentz National Park that is protected by the government. (*)

 

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Freeport’s tax debt affects Papuan Regional Budget 2019

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The illustration of tax payment. -Jubi/IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Primary Regional Budget (APBD) 2019 reportedly decreased to IDR 13.9 trillion from IDR 14.142 trillion last year due to Freeport’s tax debt on the water surface.

Papuan Provincial Secretary Hery Dosinaen said the tax debt affected the decline of provincial income that then droved to the decrease of the total revenue of the main provincial budget.

“Provincial revenue has decreased because we cannot meet our target due to the delayed tax payment by Freeport,” said Dosinaen in Jayapura.

However, the provincial government said they would not negotiate with the company about this late payment. Further, the governor refused Freeport to pay their tax based on goodwill but their income and profits. “This has caused the out-target payment. Even the plenary to discuss the water surface tax 2017-2018 is still running until now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the First Vice Chairman of Papua Parliament Edoardus Kaize said Papua Provincial Budget 2019 consists more than IDR 895.8 billion in local incomes, more than IDR 4.4 trillion in a balanced fund, and IDR 8.6 trillion in net revenue.

“However, the regional expenditures were more than IDR 13.8 trillion consisted of IDR 6.6 trillion of indirect expenditures, IDR 7.2 trillion of direct expenditures and IDR 50 billion of budget surplus,” said Kaize. (*)

 

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