A mass meeting this week of Tasmanian timber workers from sawmilling, processing, pulp and paper and the retail sector of the industry voted to campaign against the Governments proposed Forestry Bill.
Scott McLean, Tasmania District Secretary of the CFMEU FFPD (pictured), said that
"Contrary to the view of Government, CFMEU members did not believe the proposed legislation was good for industry. There is no market for logs from this area of land; there is no market for the sawn and manufactured timber products from it. The Government is wasting everyone's time on this – industry won’t take the logs, markets won’t buy the timber products and our members have called on the union to oppose the Bill."
Mr McLean said the original plan was to review the area in two years time and CFMEU members did not support changing this time frame to an earlier date.
"Tasmania has worked hard to secure export and domestic markets for Tasmanian timber products but the Government seems hell bent on trashing those markets – for no financial return to industry or to Forestry Tasmania or to the government. It's a complete folly."