16 Sep 2011

Mine paralaysed by strike

3:05 pm on 16 September 2011

Thousands of workers are on strike at one of the world's largest gold and copper mines in the Indonesian province of Papua.

The workers want at least a five-fold increase in their current salary of about $US3 an hour.

Union leaders said production is paralysed at the Grasberg mine, which is run by Freeport-McMoran of the United States.

A previous stoppage in July lasted eight days, but the union says the pay rise being offered - a reported 22% increase within two years - is not enough.