Government urged to give green light to Heathrow expan...

Government urged to give green light to Heathrow expansion to boost jobs and the economy

01 July 2015

Britain’s largest union, Unite urged the government to move swiftly and implement the recommendations of the Airports Commission for Heathrow expansion.

Responding to today’s (Wednesday 1 July) report, the union warned that a failure to do so would risk Heathrow losing its status as a world leading hub airport and see the economy miss out on a jobs boost of over 70,000.

Commenting Unite London regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: "The government needs to move swiftly and take forward the Airports Commission's recommendations.

“The livelihoods of over 100,000 people working at Heathrow and those of tens of thousands in associated industries would be secured under this plan which cements Heathrow's status as a world leader. This option, with the safeguards provided, delivers the biggest boost to the economy and will create over 70,000 jobs.

“Any further delay and uncertainty risks Heathrow losing out to rival airports across the globe, which is why the government now needs to show leadership and give the green light to Heathrow’s expansion."


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.