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Forest sector looking for attention


January 23, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

“We want the government to pay attention,” the Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s union says.

“We want the government to pay attention,” the Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s union says.

Monday, January 22 marked the National Day of Action for Forest Sector Jobs, organized and executed by the CEP, whereby union members sent a strong, unified message to the Federal government.

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“We want the government to pay attention to what’s happening to one of Canada’s most important industries, and we want meaningful action,” CEP president Dave Coles says. “What will solve this crisis is economic investment by the industry with immediate, urgent support from government.”

Forest communities all across the country held rallies and other events to support these demands. A national symposium on the future of the forest industry also saw a gathering of the Forest Products Association (FPAC), environment groups, city mayors, aboriginals and MPs for a strategy session on Parliament Hill.

The CEP and FPAC have drafted a joint statement with specific demands designed to help foster job security and economic renewal to the sector.

“We want Stephen Harper and Parliament to adopt a national strategy for the forest sector that will lead to economic rejuvenation and job stability,” Coles added.


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