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191 miners sacked from PNG mine

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A group of mine workers in Papua New Guinea have reportedly been sacked after staging a protest the mine company said was illegal.

191 workers from the Ok Tedi mine, in Western Province, were issued termination letters after they protested against changes to their rosters and contracts. The National reported.

A spokesperson for the miners, Henry Kuso, said the company had promised to review their conditions and benefits in 2016 and hadn’t done so.

He said the protest was to air their grievances, but the company instead fired them and retuned dozens of them to Port Moresby last week on three chartered flights.

The managing director of Ok Tedi, Peter Graham, say the workers’ industrial action was illegal since it did not follow the proper grievance process, nor was it supported by the union.