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GMB Welcomes Heathrow Expansion

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GMB Welcomes Heathrow Expansion

This not only protects the 80,000 jobs directly employed at the airport but will increase to a further 114,000 jobs that will be needed says GMB

GMB, the union for airport workers, has welcomed reports that Heathrow expansion has been approved by ministers.  The project is set to have a huge impact on the UK steel sector and will create thousands of jobs in both construction and steel industries.

An analysis of the project by the Airports Commission in 2014 found that Heathrow expansion would create up to 180,000 jobs and provide £211bn in economic benefits across the UK by 2050.

Theresa May previously criticised delays in approval for Heathrow expansion. Responding to the announcement of a White Paper on air transport in 2003, May, then Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport, stated: "Far from setting a clear way forward for air transport in the UK, today's announcement is a fudge from an incompetent Government, which will deliver only blight to millions of people living around airports across the country."

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Transport and Distribution, said:

 “GMB has a long standing policy of support for Heathrow expansion for the best part of a decade. Heathrow expansion has a clear cut case.

“The airport needs expansion if it is to retain its world class status as a global hub airport. In recent years because of this long standing process work has slowly drifted to European competitor hub airports. Heathrow expansion is not reliant on public money. It will be built to stringent environmental standards. Heathrow must now mean Heathrow.”

“This not only protects the 80,000 jobs directly employed at the airport but will increase to a further 114,000 jobs that will be needed, and 10,000 local apprenticeship schemes. The boost to the economy, and the earnings potential for the surrounding boroughs in West London, can also be measured with the boost it guarantees to our regional economies. Expansion also means that the delays people experience in their current Heathrow travel experience, will be severely minimised.

 “The majority of people who live and work near the airport, business, and all major trade unions, and the TUC who have members employed by the airport are supportive of expansion.  Heathrow expansion is a win, win for everyone. The time for dithering and political expediency has to stop, there is a clear cut case for Heathrow expansion, Heathrow expansion and the economy desperately needs decisiveness not delay.”

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Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1 Business Case and Sustainability Assessment – Heathrow Airport Northwest Runway https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440315/business-case-and-sustainability-assessment.pdf

2 Air Transport– in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 16 December 2003.
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2003-12-16.1432.1&s=theresa+may+heathrow#g1437.0

3 GMB press release dated Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GMB Calls Out "Theresa May's Fudge" As Past Words On Airport Expansion Delays Come Back To Haunt PM

Further delay on airport expansion expose Government chaos and Prime Minister's hypocrisy, union warns

GMB, Britain's general union, today accused Prime Minister Theresa of an abdication of responsibility over fresh delays scuppered an expected an announcement on Heathrow Airport expansion.

The comments come as a letter emerged from the Prime Minister to ministers suspending collective responsibility on Heathrow and confirming there would be no parliamentary vote for at least a year until a National Planning Statement.

The union, which represents workers at Heathrow, said the Prime Minister was guilty of hypocrisy, having lambasted the previous Government over its lack of air transport strategy.

Responding to the announcement of a White Paper on air transport in 2003, May, then Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport stated: "Far from setting a clear way forward for air transport in the UK, today's announcement is a fudge from an incompetent Government, which will deliver only blight to millions of people living around airports across the country."

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Transport and Distribution said:

"This Conservative chaos and division over Heathrow is setting our country's industrial infrastructure back. Thirteen years ago Theresa May lambasted the Labour government for uncertainty on Heathrow expansion but now she is in a position to do something about it she dithers and delays. Theresa May's fudge has a bitter taste for the workers whose livelihoods depend on a third runway at Heathrow. The Prime Minister's words from 2003 will come back to haunt her."

“A decision over Heathrow expansion is now a matter of urgency as 180,000 new jobs and 10,000 new apprenticeships hang in the balance. A predicted £211 billion in economic benefits – not to mention a much needed shot in the arm for UK steel industry – could not come at a more crucial time. There is no good reason to delay this decision any longer."

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4 GMB press release dated 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.”

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