Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Forestry union welcomes Labour’s wood sector policy

Media release: FIRST Union

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Forestry union welcomes Labour’s wood sector policy

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.

The policy includes creative proposals to shift the industry’s focus from ‘volume to value’, such as tax deferrals for investment, a focus on research and development, a “Pro-Wood” procurement strategy, new regulations to protect forestry workers and corporate manslaughter charges to discourage unsafe work practices.

“Finally we have a consistent and coherent policy that looks at big picture issues like raw commodity exports, the exchange rate and investment, while not losing sight of the workers on the ground”, said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“Our forestry industry is increasingly embedded in the global economy, and domestic processing has all but stalled. These policies provide investors with the incentive to process wood before it’s exported.”

“However changing the tax system and boosting investment will crash into the economic headwind of the high NZ dollar until monetary policy is addressed and the dollar returns to a sustainable level”, warned Reid.

“New Zealand needs to take note of some of our largest competitors – Russia, Canada and Chile – that all have a lower price for logs for domestic production. The Labour Party needs to consider either a domestic pricing structure or other measures to ensure NZ manufactures are not undercut by unfair competition.”

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On
The Runway Extension’s Latest Court Failure

The Director of Civil Aviation (CAA) has also been ordered told back to the drawing board to properly do the job of evaluating the size of the safety areas required for the extension, in full accord with New Zealand’s international obligations. The pilots union were also compensated by the Court of Appeal judges for their costs in bringing the court action.

Interestingly, the reasoning in the Court of Appeal decision almost exactly mirrored the detailed critique of the original High Court decision made in this Werewolf article last October. More>>

 

Torture: Corrections Breaches UN Convention

The Department of Corrections has breached the Convention against Torture as well as its own legislation, in the way it manages some at-risk prisoners in New Zealand prisons, the Chief Ombudsman says. More>>

ALSO:

District Court Changes In Force: Historic Day For New Zealand Courts

New Zealand District Court judges are ready to play their part in ensuring new governing legislation for the structure of Australasia’s biggest court further enhances the administration of open justice and serves New Zealanders well. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week... Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news