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GMB calls for go-ahead for 3rd Heathrow runway

Monday, September 12, 2016

GMB Calls On Government To Give Go-Ahead To Third Runway At Heathrow 

The steel required to build this major project would be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the aviation and steel industry, has called on the Government to make a decision on Heathrow expansion following the announcement that the construction of a third runway and new terminal buildings will have a massive impact on the UK steel production industry.

An estimated 370,000 tonnes of UK steel will be used to expand Heathrow, nearly 10% of the total steel produced in the UK for domestic use in 2015 (see notes to editors for a link to Heathrow’s report).

The expansion will sustain 700 jobs related to the steel industry over 5 years between 2021 and 2026 in addition to the 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships that will be created by the project as a whole. Heathrow has said that the new runway and terminal buildings could contribute as much as £211bn in economic benefits across the UK by 2050.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said “The amount of steel that will be required to build this major project will be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry, steel workers and their communities. This is another good reason for the UK government to make a decision quickly in support of Heathrow expansion."

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Civil Aviation, said “Theresa May needs to get a shift on and make a decision on the 3rd runway at Heathrow as a matter of urgency. 180,000 new jobs, 10,000 apprenticeships and the economic benefits of up to £211bn depend on the expansion of Heathrow airport so we urge the Government to announce the go-ahead, as recommended by the Airport Commission, without any further delay.”


Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB press office on 07358 156846 or

Notes to editors

1 Jobs and growth at Heathrow


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