Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Forest contractor’s attitude unhelpful

Forest contractor’s attitude unhelpful

The CTU is gobsmacked at today’s attack from the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) to its own Independent Forest Safety Review Report.

“FICA's public meltdown is unfortunate and disappointing. We are very concerned that this type of behaviour may mean that workers do not feel able to come forward and voice their concerns about the realities of unsafe practices within the forestry industry.” CTU President Helen Kelly said.

“FICA has dominated the whole review process and agreed to every stage and clearly is not able to face the significance of the changes needed to make the industry safe. Good contractors have a lot to gain from this review including building sustainable models in which they can operate successfully.” Kelly said.

“To attack it now in the middle of the process sends a very bad signal to its members and raises the question that the Minister should never have left this important task to the industry.” Kelly said.

“We have had lots of support from employers in the industry including contractors and I am sure they will also be dismayed by this attack on the panel and on the union. We hope they will make this clear to the panel.” Kelly said

“We believe in the work that the independent review panel is doing and support them in their ongoing work. The forestry sector needs to be reformed, it can be made safer and this review panel is a part of the solution.” Kelly said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news