Freeport plans to dismiss employees rejected by the government

Freeport plans to dismiss employees rejected by the government

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Abridged in translation by TAPOL

In response to the current economic recession, the Freeport copper and gold mine announced that they were planning to dismiss three thousand workers, out of a workforce of 11,900 employed at the mine. For the company, Armando Mahler said that those being dismissed would include foreigners as well as local employees.

However, Freeport's request to the government to dismiss these people has been rejected by the Minister for Labour and Transmigration who said it was wrong to cut the number of employees just because the economic situation has deteriorated.

'I urge the company to show some moral decency. They have made huge profits for a long time so why should they, at a time of economic decline, start cutting the workforce?' He said the company should look into the efficiency of their operations before starting to dismiss people.