Indonesia - Strike for back wages (2011)

Over a thousand workers of PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PT NNT), a subsidiary of US mining company Newmont Mining Corporation, went on strike on 1 August over a dispute on the payment of back wages for overtime and demands for improved work schedules. The workers are represented by Ketua Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPSI), Pelaksana Unit Kegiatan (PUK) and PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (KSPSI-PUK-PTNNT). The workers demand for the payment of overtime pay was based on a ruling by the Regional Workforce and Transmigration Office of West Nusa Tenggara issued last June. The ruling ordered PT NNT to pay IDR126 billion (USD13.8 million) in overtime wages, some of which has been outstanding since June 2008, to 1,919 employees. PT NNT, however, refused to comply with the order and said it would appeal the issue to court. On 6 August KSPSI-PUK-PTNNT withdrew its strike after reaching an agreement with PT NNT to settle their dispute over overtime pay in court. PT NNT operates the Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in West Sumbawa and employs approximately 7,000 permanent and contractual workers.

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