BAN RAW LOG RALLY IN NANAIMO
Nanaimo September 16.
Hundreds of forest union workers, supporters and two MLAs marched in a parade in downtown Nanaimo Thursday September 16 to highlight the need to ban the export of raw logs from British Columbia. Organized by the Pulp & Paper Workers Local 8, protestors rallied at the PPWC Hall on Albert St, and then marched downtown to the offices of Island Timberlands and other forest companies.
PPWC President Arnie Bercov, left, promised that workers and their supporters would not give up protesting the ongoing export of raw logs.
Workers also noted that even while local mills are having a hard time finding fibre to run their mills, barges of raw logs are leaving the province.
NDP MLA for Nanaimo, Leonard Krog, left, told the crowd that enough is enough, and hopes the protest is sending a message that will be heard in Victoria. Nanaimo-North Cowichan NDP MLA Doug Routley reminded the protestors that the wood being shipped out of the province is our wood, and that we have every right to demand that it be processed in British Columbia.
Members of other unions, including Betty Smits, NDDLC Treasurer and HEU member (in red), and Jim Sadlemyer, Vice-President NDDLC and CAW member (with the blue CAW flag) showed up to support the PPWC call for banning raw log exports.