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Forestry safety must be taken seriously

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union.

Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again

Date of Release: 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according to FIRST Union.

The workers went on a 24-hour strike earlier this month, and the union now understands that Brambles is threatening to lock the workers out until they accept the employer’s final offer. Members are again standing on a picket line until Brambles step up and resume bargaining.

Union forestry campaign showing dramatic drop in incidents

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A snapshot of Worksafe New Zealand’s Tree Felling Project contains both good and bad news, said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

On the one hand it shows a dramatic drop in the number of serious harm incident notifications between 1 January and 31 May, 46 in 2014 compared with 82 in the corresponding 2013 period. The fatality rate has dropped even more dramatically, from 6 in the 2013 period to just 1 in the 2014 period.

Bad and good news for Thames Timber workers

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The announcement this afternoon that Southern Cross Forest Products Thames Timber Ltd (Thames Timber) will be sold to Profiles Woodproducts Limited has been dampened by an announced concurrent restructuring, says the union representing workers in the wood sector.

Southern Cross has been in receivership since 3 March this year and scores of workers have already lost their jobs in the Otago/Southland mills.

Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector.

Chep is an Australian-based company that has operated in New Zealand since 1974, employing 33 union members at the Christchurch site.

Review Panel reflects union concerns about forestry safety crisis

Date of Release: 
Friday, June 6, 2014

The union representing forestry workers feels vindicated that its concerns have been reflecting in the Public Consultation Document released today by the Independent Forestry Safety Review.

For the last two years FIRST Union and the NZ Council of Trade Unions have highlighted the safety crisis that has been unfolding in our forestry industry. In the previous five years the forestry industry has claimed almost thirty lives and caused almost 1000 serious harm injuries.

Red Stag announcement shows up stark contrasts in wood policies

Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A signal of increased investment from Rotorua company Red Stag Timber is very positive news, especially following the loss of 120 jobs from the closure of Tachikawa Forest Products, the union for wood processing workers says.

Labour and Greens release forestry policies

Article Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

The election was announced last week, and its been good to see some policies released already.

Our union will be paying close attention to issues for workers in our five sectors - retail, transport & logistics, finance, textiles and wood.

Forestry union welcomes Labour’s wood sector policy

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FIRST Union, the union representing forestry and wood sector workers, welcomes the release of the Labour Party’s Forestry and Wood Products Economic Upgrade today.

Mill workers 'fingers crossed'

Date of Release: 
06/03/2014

On Monday it was announced that wood processor Southern Cross Forest Products had gone into receivership.

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