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    :: Sunday, December 04, 2005 ::

    Unions demand action on rise in forestry deaths - By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
    The B.C. Federation of Labour passed an emergency resolution Wednesday calling for provincial government action over the soaring number of forest worker deaths and injuries.

    'Workers are dying at a completely unacceptable rate,' federation president Jim Sinclair said in an interview after forest workers stood up at the convention and in the most moving event of the day, told their own tales of near death and injury.

    Forty industry workers have died this year and more than 100 have been permanently disabled.

    Steelworkers gain BC Fed's support to demand action on forest fatalities - Summit set for Dec. 5 - Canada Newswire
    Next Monday, December 5 the union will be holding a Forest Fatality Summit. Participants will include Steelworkers-IWA Council officers and local unions, forest license holders, the Workers Compensation Board, and the BC Forest Safety Council, as well as major sawmillers and groups representing fallers and truckers. The day-long summit will be held at the Vancouver Hotel Fairmont.

    For further information: CONTACT: Steve Hunt, (604) 683-1117 (office) or (604) 816-2554 (cell)
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