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Forestry Workers Network

Forestry Workers Network is a free, confidential networking system for all forestry workers. Our aim is to make the industry safer and facilitate workers to improve their conditions of employment.

Forestry Workers Network has been formed by FIRST Union in light of systemic issues, fatalities and injuries in the forestry industry; it is our response to the demand for safe, secure work and worker-focused information in the industry.

Basic membership is free or for a small weekly fee you can get full legal support and representation on all employment-related matters and work related ACC claims, death and injury insurance and toll-free legal advice.

Become part of the voice for better forest jobs; join the Forestry Workers Network now.

Email: louisa.jones@firstunion.org.nz

 

 

YOUR RIGHTS

YOUR RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK

If there is a hazard in your workplace you have the following rights:

• The right to refuse unsafe work
• The right to organise workers around the issue and take it up with the boss
• The right to ask a trained health & safety rep to take enforcement steps
• The right to contact a Worksafe Inspector
• The right to go on strike in some circumstances

Contact Worksafe on 0800 030 040 or visit the Worksafe website

 

BELONGING TO A UNION IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT

Everyone has the right to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Unions ensure that, as a worker, your voice is heard, your views are respected and your rights under the law are upheld.

• Employees have the right to decide whether to join a union and, if so, which union. It is illegal for an employer (or anyone else) to put unreasonable pressure on an employee to not join a union.

• Once employees have joined a union, employers must, if asked, enter into bargaining for a collective agreement with that union.

• Unions exist for workers to support each other so that they don’t have to face problems on their own. When workers act together they have strength and safety in numbers and have a better chance of getting what they need at work and beyond.

• Unions are democratically run by their members. Union members elect union representatives (delegates) from workplaces, and make decisions on things like how the union is run, and what to focus on when negotiating with the employer.

Contact FIRST Union on 0800 863 477 or visit the FIRST Union website

 

SAFETREE - RESOURCES FOR FORESTRY WORKERS

Safetree is an injury prevention programme for the forestry sector – from forestry owners and bosses, right down to individual crew members.

A good crew is a safe crew who watches out for each other, and Safetree will provide you with resources and videos so you can do that safely.

Follow the appropriate link below:

For contractors

For foremen

For crew

Contact Safetree on +64 4 282 1478 or by email to info@safetree.nz

 

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR LOW PAID/CASUAL WORKERS

Depending on your living situation and income you may be eligible for some Work and Income assistance.

    • Accommodation Supplement
    • Disability Allowance
    • Temporary Additional Support
    • Advance Payment of Benefit
    • Special Needs Grants
    • Working for Families

For more information contact AAAP on 09 634 0591 visit the AAAP website

 

 

 

CONTACT

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

CONTACT FIRST UNION

Email: support.centre@firstunion.org.nz

Phone: 0800 863 477 (0800 TO FIRST)

Office: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061

Post: Private Bag 92904, Onehunga, Auckland 1643

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: www.facebook.com/forestryworkers

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ForestryWorkers

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