Unite condemns Heathrow runway delay as ‘irresponsible’

Unite condemns Heathrow runway delay as ‘irresponsible’

30 June 2016

Britain’s largest union, Unite, condemned today’s (Thursday 30 June) further delay over a third runway at Heathrow as ‘irresponsible’ and called on the Conservative government to put national interest above party interest in deciding infrastructure projects.

Warning that the UK economy, jobs and livelihoods were at risk if decisions on major infrastructure were paused or delayed, Unite urged the government to back the recommendations of the airport commission for a third runway at Heathrow to boost the economy at a time of economic uncertainty.

Unite London regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Tens of thousands of skilled jobs and apprenticeships depend on the Heathrow runway decision. A third runway would be a major boost to the economy not just here in London, but to the wider UK at a time of economic uncertainty.

“Heathrow expansion has cross party support and the backing of the airport commission. This further indecision only adds to the uncertainty facing workers and business, and delays the beneficial boost a third runway would have to the UK economy as a hub and gateway to world. 

“Infrastructure projects, such as a third runway at Heathrow, will help offset the economic risk of Brexit and should be brought forward by the government and not irresponsibly delayed.

“The Conservative government must now put the national interest ahead of party interest in making a decision on a third runway to safeguard jobs and prosperity.”


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

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.