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Pan Pac workers take action: mill operations to cease

Date of Release: 
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Workers at the embattled Pan Pac Mill in Napier have voted for a twenty-four hour strike after rejecting the company’s miserly offer to settle a collective agreement.

‘When the company was struggling to turn a profit, our members agreed to forgo a pay rise and many of their hard-won benefits,’ said FIRST Union Hawkes Bay Organiser Mike McNab.

‘But now that the company is back in healthy profit, they’re refusing to acknowledge how hard our members worked to bring the company back in black.’

In the 2015 financial year the company made a gross profit of $34 million.

Meeting over Pan Pac fumes

Date of Release: 
29/03/2016

Residents and workers from the Bayview community gathered to hear about the toxic emissions from Pan Pac's new TMT kiln. The meeting was called by Green MP Catherine Delahunty. 

Health and safety strike at Pan Pac

Date of Release: 
03/03/2016

Workers have issued a strike notice over the kiln due to health and safety concerns.

Workers at Pan Pac Mill in the Hawkes Bay are on strike after four workers were hospitalised. 

Pan Pac workers commence health and safety strike after four workers hospitalised

Date of Release: 
Thursday, March 3, 2016

After ongoing health and safety breaches at Pan Pac Mill in Napier, workers from the lumber division have issued a health and safety strike notice effective from 10am today. 

“Our members are fed up with repeated health and safety issues with the company’s new TMT kiln,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Potential job losses at Carter Holt Harvey subsidiary pending sale

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In response to media inquiries FIRST Union can confirm that members at Bestwood, a division of Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, have been advised of a proposal by Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) to sell the division to New Zealand Panel Group. 

The sale could see the closure of the Wiri and Rangiora production facilities with a loss of approximately 40 jobs.  The proposal would see only the Kopu site retain production with around 10 workers remaining.

Wood sector union welcomes Forest Safety report

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

The wood sector union has welcomed the Final Report of the Independent Forestry Safety Review, released in Rotorua today.

Unions will pick up the Forest Safety challenge

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

“The report of the Independent Forest Safety Review Panel is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the forest industry, including unions,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union.

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.

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