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Unite calls on London MPs to back Heathrow

Unite calls on London MPs to back Heathrow

12 June 2018

Members of the pro-expansion group Back Heathrow have joined forces with Unite in calling on the government to end the delay and get on with building a new runway.

Back Heathrow, a community campaign with 100,000 registered supporters predominantly residing in the communities around Heathrow, and Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, launched a new advertising campaign highlighting the new high-quality, high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships that will come from Heathrow expansion.

A new Heathrow runway will cheathrow9reate up to 77,000 new local jobs and 5,000 new apprenticeships, as well as other economic benefits such as increased investment, better infrastructure and new trade routes.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling last week announced that the government will hold a parliamentary vote on Heathrow expansion within the next few weeks.  

Peter Kavanagh, Unite regional secretary for London and the East of England, said: “Politicians can’t keep kicking the can down the road over a decision on Heathrow expansion – it’s time to make a positive decision in favour of a new runway.

“Working people in west London across the capital and right across the country stand to benefit from Heathrow expansion. They have been waiting far too long for Theresa May and Chris Grayling to put this project to a vote in the House of Commons and secure the quality, skilled jobs and opportunities that we desperately need.

“I urge London’s MPs to back local jobs for working people, and back this in a vote in parliament”.

Back Heathrow’s Executive Director Parmjit Dhanda said: “I’m delighted that Unite is giving such strong backing to the campaign to expand Heathrow and calling for MPs to vote to approve this vital project.

“Unite has a proud history of fighting for quality jobs, something Back Heathrow is delighted to support.

“I am confident by combining the strength of our 100,000 local supporters with the might of a union like Unite our campaign can succeed”

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