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Workers who have been killed in New Zealand’s forests will be remembered at a Workers Memorial Day service in Auckland on Sunday April 28.
Members of the forest workers families will be available for interviews, before, during and after the event. It is public event and media are invited.
Workers Memorial Day is an annual global event to remember those who have been killed while doing their job.
New Zealand has an appalling rate of death and serious injury in forestry. It is six times higher than the UK.
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has called for an inquiry into the most dangerous industry in NZ – since 2008, 23 workers have died and almost 900 have been seriously injured.
“New Zealand forests are killing workers at a rate that is not acceptable. Things need to change. These men cannot keep going to work and being killed. There are serious health and safety issues around this industry including the fact that almost all the foresters are contractors and are working unsafe long hours,” says CTU President Helen Kelly.
“There are exhausted and working in unsafe conditions to keep food on the table for their families.”
Six families of the workers who have died, including their children, will be at the service in Auckland. They are flying from all over New Zealand to attend. It is time the stories of these workers were told.
“Already this year there have been three men killed in our forests and four seriously harmed. Yet the issues of health and safety are still not being addressed. We need urgent action on this issue. We want an inquiry along the lines of Pike River. We owe it to the families who have lost their loved ones.”
Further information contact NZCTU media adviser, Georgina McLeod 027-5016880
NZCTU President, Helen Kelly 021-776741