Timika, 7/5 (Jubi) – Papuans working as security guards for PT Freeport Indonesia said they are opposed to the arrival of 116 non-Papuans who will be recruited to work as security personnel at a new Freeport site.
“We question the reason for employing them, when there are so many job seekers here who are eager to work in the Freeport area,” chairman of workers’ association at Security Risk Management, Paul Kogoya, said in Timika on Wednesday ( 7/5).
“The Law on Regional Autonomy (regional autonomy) No. 21 of 2009 clearly stipulates the empowering of Papuans,” he said.
List of job seekers would be submitted and basically they are Papuans, live in Mimika and look for a job at Freeport. Therefore, Papua Tonggo of SRM demanded the company to send 116 people back, as it has limited Papuan chances to work indirectly.
” They need to have a decent job and to eat,” he added.
He then urged the company to not outsource security jobs.
The 116 would-be guards are expected to be employed in the Terminal Risk Camp which is still in the development stage at Mile 71, the area of the Freeport mine. (Jubi / Eveert Joumilena/ Tina)