Timber workers call on Barker MP to support motion to toughen stance on imports

Published: 19 Jun 2015

The Union representing timber workers at Carter Holt Harvey Pinepanels and LVL sites in south east SA is calling on Barker MP Tony Pasin to support a motion to be debated in the House of Representatives on Monday to strengthen the compliance for safety and standards of imported engineered wood products.

A Private Member's Motion has been introduced into the Parliament by Lisa Chesters MP and will be debated on Monday June 22nd on strengthen compliance and safety imported products.
 
Secretary of the Greater Green Triangle District of the CFMEU Brad Coates said that this motion presented an ideal opportunity for Mr Pasin to demonstrate a commitment to bi-partisan support for fixing an issue that is having a negative impact on jobs and safety in  Australia.
 
"The CFMEU has conducted meetings in workplaces throughout Australia and members have overwhelmingly voted and passed a resolution calling on the Government to set up an agency to monitor and prevent the import of substandard forest products from China.
 
"Mr Pasin made public comment back in February this year stating his concern with any imported products that did not meet the standards and expectations of the Australian community and he also committed to meet with the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce to seek assurance that all wood products meet Australian Standards.
 
"CFMEU site delegates from CHH Pinepanels and CHH Futurebuild have written to Mr Pasin urged him to support Ms Chester's Private Members Motion.
 
"There are significant concerns over the safety of Chinese timber products and with the Free Trade Agreement now signed, predictions are that cheap timber products from China would substantially increase putting the safety of workers and the community at risk if there is no strengthening of the compliance mechanisms .
 
Brad Coates said this this was a great opportunity for Mr Pasin to reinforce his support for the local timber industry by supporting this motion when it is debated in Parliament on Monday.



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