Forestry Safety Inquiry Calls Backed By Wood Union
The union for wood and forestry workers is backing calls for an inquiry into forestry safety.
Today MPs Darien Fenton and Denise Roche tabled a petition
in Parliament calling for the government to conduct an inquiry into health and safety in the forest industry.
FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid said forestry was one of New Zealand’s most dangerous industries, and the four
deaths this year alone should serve as ample reason to get to the bottom of the poor health and safety practises in the
“Deaths in forestry are of the magnitude of a Pike River disaster every 6 to 7 years. Forestry is a dangerous industry,
and we cannot accept that leaving the responsibility of health and safety to forest contractors alone is acceptable.”
“An inquiry won’t bring back the lives of those four men in forestry who died this year to their loved ones, or the
twenty one who died in the five previous years.”
“But it will help us better understand what is going wrong in our forests. As we saw with Pike River, independent
inquiries can be extremely useful tools to improve safety.
“What is needed is a commitment from government to hold an inquiry and the full support of forest owners and contractors
to participate,” Robert Reid said.
Putting Workers First
FIRST Union is New Zealand's second-largest private sector trade union.
Formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec, FIRST Union represents 27,000
workers in the Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood), Retail, Stores, Transport and Logistics sectors.
FIRST Union is also affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and runs several networks including the Union
Network of Migrants, the Runanga, Fono and Womens' Committee. In 2015 FIRST Union launched Samoa First Union, Samoa's
only private sector union.
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