Indonesia contributing to problems at Freeport gold mine in Papua | Asia Pacific

Indonesia contributing to problems at Freeport gold mine in Papua

Indonesia contributing to problems at Freeport gold mine in Papua

Updated 15 February 2012, 14:41 AEDT

Hundreds of paramilitary police have been sent to Indonesia's Papua province after 9,000 mining workers started a month-long strike for higher wages.

They're employed at the US owned Freeport McMoran copper and gold mine

Analyst Dr Chris Ballard says the mine has been plagued with problems because of interference from the Indonesian government and massive wage disparities between locals and foreign executives.

Presenter: Claudette Werden

Speaker: Dr Chris Ballard, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

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