New Zealand Council of Trade Unions calls for immediate re-regulation of forest industry, says government must take health and safety of forest workers seriously by acting before outcome of six-month forest safety review

WELLINGTON, New Zealand , January 29, 2014 (press release) – CTU President Helen Kelly welcomes the appointment by Forest Owners, of the independent panel to conduct a major review into the appalling record of health and safety in the forestry industry.

Helen Kelly says “we are encouraged that the industry is taking leadership on this important issue and we are pleased they are working with the CTU to ensure all parties agree the process and panel.”

“We are confident the panel is strong and that the terms of reference provide leadership and direction for this important review. Employers need to encourage their workers to participate in this process in order for it to be effective. This includes encouraging workers to participate through Forestry First Union organised events to ensure all views are heard.”

“This review will take 6 months but there is much that can be done in the meantime without waiting for review outcomes. It’s time for Minister Bridges to take the health and safety of our forestry workers seriously and re-regulate the industry immediately on core issues such as hours and conditions of work.”



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