HALIFAX, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Leaders of Canada's largest forestry
union are calling on Government of Nova Scotia to step up to the plate,
following today's announcement of the indefinite closure of the
Resolute Forests Products mill in Brooklyn, N.S.
"We call on the government of Nova Scotia to immediately purchase the
private forest lands owned by the company to ensure the citizens of
Nova Scotia have access to forest-dependent jobs and their community
for the long run," says Dave Coles, president of the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
"The closure of Bowater-Mersey-owned mill is the result of the lack of a
national economic industrial strategy to deal with the devastating
collapse of the forest industry," adds Coles.
"Our members are devastated," added CEP's Atlantic Regional
Vice-President Chuck Shewfelt. "This is a disaster for the community
and the province," he says, noting the closure will affect some 350
employees directly, and hundreds more indirectly from the spin-off
Coles says CEP has pursued every political avenue, from one end of this
country to the other, in an attempt to have the forest crisis
addressed. "But political leaders, in particular the Conservative
Government in Ottawa, have slammed the door in our face."
"Forestry is a renewable resource. It is the ultimate green industry,
generating vast wealth from trees that grow back again after they've
been cut. This simple fact is one that many current political leaders
have been unable to grasp."
CEP is Canada's largest forestry union, representing more than 60,000
forestry workers. There are 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628