TORONTO – The forestry industry is poised for a strong future if governments and all stakeholders act now, writes Unifor in a new policy publication.
“After painful restructuring over the last decade, we see many opportunities to rebuild and create jobs that benefit our communities and sustain the environment,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president.
The Future of Forestry: A Workers Perspective for Successful, Sustainable and Just Forestry is a report from Unifor’s Forestry Industry Council, representing Unifor’s 24,000 forestry members. The full document can be accessed from unifor.org/resources
Given the challenges faced by unjustified U.S. tariffs on softwood lumber, this publication argues that making the right policy choices will boost the value of the forestry industry and create good jobs by taking advantage of innovative technologies, new forest management practices and increasing skills.
Unifor’s key forestry recommendations include:
- Pursue fair trade and higher global standards
- Improve forest management to ensure sustainability at home and globally
- Expand public investments in forestry.
- Prioritize reconciliation with Indigenous communities
- Partner with stakeholders to maximize job growth and skills development
- Reinstate National Forestry Council
“Unifor has a strategy to build the forestry sector and create good, sustainable jobs. It’s time for employers and governments to put a plan in to action,” said Dias.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers.