THE forestry union has pulled out of the Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania, slamming it as a “sideshow”.

The forestry and furnishing products division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union said the decision reflected frustration at the council’s ineffectiveness.

“It’s no secret that the union has had concerns about the council’s effectiveness for some time,” division national secretary Michael O’Connor said.

“They released an industry plan recently which we regard as not dealing with the real issues facing the industry.

“The [council] is unfortunately becoming a sideshow.”

In February, the council launched a plan it said could make the industry worth $4 billion a year and create 2000 jobs by 2020.

The New Forest Industry Plan required $2.1 billion in private investment.

It did not include Gunns Ltd’s proposed $2.5 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill.

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