Lay-offs lead to workers’ deaths

The workers employed by the giant Freeport McGregor mine in West Papua work and live in harsh conditions at around 4,000 metres altitude. Following the initial dispute in May of this year, the company's response of firing thousands of workers and denying them health care benefits has led to widespread suffering. Latest reports indicate that at least seven workers have died as a direct result of the company denying them access to health care.