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Forestry Tasmania update

AFTER media emerged today around an internal Forestry Tasmania email about a decision to split FT CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch emailed FT Members to say the government hasn't briefed the CPSU about exactly what decisions had been taken.

AFTER media emerged today around an internal Forestry Tasmania email about a decision to split FT CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch emailed FT Members to say the government hasn’t briefed the CPSU about exactly what decisions had been taken.

Mr Lynch received a phone message from Deputy Premier Bryan Green this afternoon indicating his intention to brief unions and to put in place “a process to oversight changes designed to move Forestry Tasmania onto a viable financial footing”.

“He indicated he wanted to do that in a co-operative way and involve FT employees through their unions and would be arranging a face to face meeting to discuss how to work through this process,” Mr Lynch said.

Mr Lynch said he interpreted this to mean the decision to split Forestry Tasmania had been taken and that consultation would be about how this was implemented rather than if it should be happening at all.

“I’m very concerned the government has made a decision before hearing from FT employees and I’ll raise that issue with the Minister again.”

Mr Lynch will tell the government it’s unacceptable it has refused to meet with employees and get their opinions on the future of FT before making such a significant decision; that urgent action must be taken to provide FT staff with some certainty by providing guarantees about their future employment; and if any roles and responsibilities are transferred from FT to Agencies adequate resources must be provided as DPIPWE and Parks and Wildlife Service are already unable to fully meet their current statutory obligations so transferring additional responsibilities without funding would be a disaster.

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