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Tassie timber workers deserve better than the Liberal party

CFMEU Manufacturing < 1 mins read

The timber workers union is flabbergasted by the short-sighted approach of the Tasmanian Liberal party to jobs and communities reliant on the forestry industry.

Timber communities deserve an industry strategy developed with workers and employers but instead have been dished up a political election strategy which serves nobody but the Liberal Party, Bob Brown, and the Greens.

The union echoes the Tasmanian Forest Products Association’s disappointment with the Liberals for using the industry as a political football and backs the association's alternative plan for active and adaptive management of ‘Future Potential Production Forest’.

CFMEU Manufacturing National Secretary Mr Michael O’Connor said:

“The Liberals’ reckless approach risks the jobs of thousands of Tasmanian timber workers”

“Timber workers, their families and communities will see this announcement for what it is: An irresponsible gambit which risks their livelihoods”

“While the industry is advocating an approach which provides both resource and market security, the Liberals are trying to inflame tensions to paper over their disunity and ten years of incompetence and mismanagement”

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