VICTORIA (November 25, 2019) – As of today, Mosaic Forest Management’s announcement that 2,000 forestry workers will be out of work means that the coastal forest industry is effectively shut down along the entire coast of British Columbia. They join 3,000 workers on strike at Western Forest Products and thousands more who lost their jobs either through permanent mill closures or indefinite curtailments across B.C. Additionally, Tolko also announced that there will be additional shift curtailments at its operations in Williams Lake.
“After months of calling on John Horgan and the NDP to aid the forest industry by reducing stumpage fees to increase competitiveness, it’s quite apparent this government is content to sit on the sidelines and do nothing,” says BC Liberal Opposition Forestry Critic John Rustad. “I met with mill workers and contractors on Vancouver Island this weekend and they are devastated by this government’s lack of action.”
On Friday, Mosaic Forest Management announced an early winter shutdown that will put hundreds of forestry workers out of work on Vancouver Island and up to 2,000 along the coast. In addition, workers at Tolko’s Soda Creek Division learned that 150 employees will have their shift further reduced from four days to three days also starting Monday.
“I’m not sure how much more communities like Williams Lake can take,” says Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “Unless we see some action on the part of John Horgan and the NDP, forest workers have little to look forward to in the year ahead.”