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Union asks province to exempt Skeena from raw log exports

TERRACE, B.C. -- The union representing Skeena Cellulose employees is asking the provincial government to exclude S...


TERRACE, B.C. — The union representing Skeena Cellulose employees is asking the provincial government to exclude Skeena’s new owners from exporting raw logs to the U.S.

IWA spokesman, Surinder Malhotra lashed out against NWBC Timber and Pulp president, Dan Veniez, after he requested Skeena employees take a 20 per cent pay cut until the mill starts turning a profit.

“(Veniez) should not be allowed to become a log broker in this community,” says Malhotra. “Those logs are for these sawmills, not for Mr. Dan Veniez’s personal profit.”

Currently, 35 per cent of the logs harvested in the region are approved to be exported to the U.S. for processing south of the border. Malhotra, however, is calling on Skeena MLA, Roger Harris, to exclude Skeena from that stipulation.

“If anybody’s profiting, it should be the loggers — the contractors who have been ripped off by this company time and time again — to recover their losses,” blasts Malhotra.


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