Freeport mine workers in massive strike

More than ten thousand mine workers at the huge Freeport-McMoRan copper and gold mine in West Papua, have gone on strike. The dispute centres on job security amid ongoing concerns about job losses. In response to the strike, the company has sacked 178 workers with the announcement that another 120 will also soon be fired. This dispute is shaping up to be as bitter as the walkout in late 2011 that costs the lives of a number of workers and lasted months.