21 Dec 2010

Help sought for redundant timber industry workers

6:24 pm on 21 December 2010

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) wants the Government to do more to help timber industry workers who have lost their jobs.

The CTU's Maori vice-president, Syd Kepa, says nearly all the 150 workers made redundant this month at mills at Tangiwai, Matawhero and Kawerau were Maori.

The layoffs come on top of 330 jobs lost earlier this year at Putaruru and Fletcher Building's three Auckland sites.

Mr Kepa told Waatea News the taskforce set up by the Minister of Maori Affairs should look into ways and means of retaining jobs in the industry.

He says the Government has come to the rescue of finance company investors and farmers, so it should do the same for timber workers.