New Zealand Council of Trade Unions calls the forestry industry 'a Pike River disaster every five years'.
This follows the two deaths and three serious injuries in the forestry industry already this year, and 33 deaths and over 800 serious injuries since 2008.
President of the Union, Helen Kelly says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is not taking this matter seriously enough.
She questions why the government would allow inferior standards in New Zealand when our accident record is so appalling - she says she doesn't trust what the ministry is doing.
Ms Kelly says forest owners need to have stricter rules and controls about the manner in which trees are being harvested.