About 7,000 forestry workers have walked off the job in a strike that analysts are predicting could last weeks.


United Steelworkers Union members have been in a legal position to strike for two weeks, but picket lines went up Saturday after talks with 31 lumber firms broke down.


Kevin Mason, of Equity Research Associates, told CBC News Online that companies are not in a hurry to resolve the issue because they are losing money due to a strong Canadian dollar and a weak U.S. housing market.


B.C.’s forestry industry is worth an estimated $2 billion a year.