Published: 11 Dec 2019
The CFMEU Manufacturing Division was shocked to learn of the Andrews Government’s cruel plan that threatens the jobs of blue-collar workers in regional Victoria in the lead up to Christmas.
The Government’s so-called plan for the native hardwood industry in Victoria is an insult to our members. The Government’s policy will result in mill closures, contractors being forced out of the industry in debt and workers and communities left in the lurch.
Unlike previous timber industry restructures delivered by Labor Governments their policy does not give workers and communities an opportunity to transition or leave the industry with dignity. It has been rushed and is ill-thought out with very little detail provided to the people who will be most affected. This is not surprising given the government came up with the plan with no consultation with timber workers, sawmillers, contractors in the industry nor the communities which rely on it.
The Andrews Government’s plan threatens a sustainable and viable industry - one major bushfire could wipe out the remaining resource that is available to industry during the transition period and a drought before 2030 could stifle plantation growth rates leaving even the jobs that the transition plan is supposed to secure in tatters and workers thrown on the scrapheap.
The Union wrote to the Premier on November 12th seeking a meeting to discuss the Government’s plan. The Premier has failed to even respond to the Union’s request.
Our members, their families and their communities will not stand by as their futures are put at risk. The Union will be fighting hard for our members and making sure that people in regional Victoria are aware of how the Andrews Government is treating blue collar workers, their families and their communities.
Click here to read the letter from the Union to the Premier.
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