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'Stop Dithering On Heathrow'

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

GMB CALLS ON POLITICIANS TO ‘STOP DITHERING’ ON HEATHROW EXPANSION AHEAD OF CRUNCH COMMONS VOTE

Parliamentary vote before end of the month on third runway plan set to give long-awaited final approval.

GMB, the union for Heathrow workers, has called on politicians to “stop dithering” and back a third runway at the airport.

The call came as GMB holds its 101st annual Congress in Brighton, which included a joint fringe with Back Heathrow, a community campaign with 100,000 registered supporters predominantly residing in the communities around Heathrow Airport.

The benefits of a third runway at Heathrow to GMB members are clear and compelling: 180,000 new jobs, doubling the number of apprenticeships to 10,000 and £187 billion in economic benefits. Expansion will deliver these jobs and growth to every nation and region of the UK, from Penzance to Perth; Swansea to Southend.

One area where the effect will be felt strongest is in the British steel industry. An expanded Heathrow will need thousands of tonnes of steel and we will ensure that Heathrow is held to their commitment of using British steel, as well as ensuring that suppliers across the UK are the beneficiaries of this work. This could have a transformative effect.

Heathrow has a duty to ensure that there is a positive legacy from expansion and that the UK workforce is left stronger for it. We welcome Heathrow’s establishment of a Skills Taskforce to look at how we meet the skills needs for the third runway but also for other infrastructure projects.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer said:

“The time for politicians dithering and delaying on Heathrow is over. This long-awaited vote is crunch time for our members across the country who stand to benefit from Heathrow expansion.

“We’ve been waiting long enough for this Government to pull itself together and to put this plan to MPs and secure the future of the airport and the jobs it can and will support.”

ENDS

Contact: Mick Rix on 07971 268343 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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