Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council lawmaker Laurenzus Kadepa called on Investment Minister or Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia to resolve the rights of 8,300 ex-workers of PT Freeport Indonesia who were laid off unilaterally for going on strike. Kadepa said Lahadalia should help solve the problem that has remained unclear for years.
"We ask Minister Bahlil to also talk about the 8,300 workers who have been unilaterally terminated by Freeport," Kadepa said when contacted by Jubi via telephone call on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Kadepa said that Bahlil Lahadalia as one of the ministers who completed his studies in Papua should pay serious attention to the Papua issue, one of which is the dismissal of 8,300 striking workers of Freeport.
"I appreciate that Minister Bahlil finished his study at one of the regional universities in Papua, and is now entrusted by President Joko Widodo to lead a very strategic ministry. With such a strategic position, he should not only look for investment markets or profits for the government alone. He should find solutions to labor issues, such as the event when thousands of Freeport employees and contractors were unilaterally laid off by management," he said.
Kadepa said the central government and Freeport should not take advantage without considering the potential victims impacted by the government and company policies. "The fate of the 8,300 Freeport workers is still unclear to date. There should be a solution from the Ministry of Investment or BKPM," he said. (*)