Unite members urge prime minister to be bold and back ...

Unite members urge prime minister to be bold and back Heathrow expansion

16 October 2016

Members of Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, will deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street tomorrow, (Monday 17 October) signed by over 125 Unite reps, representing hundreds of thousands workers from every part of the UK, calling on the prime minister, Theresa May, to give the green light to Heathrow’s expansion. 

WHEN: Monday 17 October 2016 at 11:00
WHERE: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA 

Workers from across the UK are calling on prime minister Theresa May to back Heathrow expansion, saying in a letter: “We are the builders, steelmakers, engineers, aviation and aerospace workers, members of Unite. We work across all sectors of the economy from construction to logistics, manufacturing to transport and the services industry, our livelihoods depend on the jobs and economic prosperity Heathrow expansion will bring.” 

The letter urges the prime minister to ‘be bold and build’, saying:  ‘Giving the green light to Heathrow expansion will not only signal to the rest of the world that the UK is open for business post-Brexit, it is a big test of how serious the government is about turning its soundbites on industrial strategy and infrastructure, backed by public investment, into reality.’

Unite backs Heathrow expansion and is calling on the government to commit to using domestic manufacturers and steel to maximise the economic dividend and secure decent, well paid jobs.

Unite London and Eastern regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “From Scotland to Plymouth, London to Wales our members, the country’s builders, steelmakers, shipbuilders, aviation and aerospace workers back Heathrow expansion for the jobs and economic prosperity that it will bring to every corner of the UK. 

“Now we need the prime minister to be bold and build. Coming so soon after the Brexit vote and the dithering over Hinkley, it is a decision that will signal just how serious Theresa May and her government is about turning her rhetoric on industrial strategy and infrastructure investment into reality. 

“In our post-Brexit world, we can ill-afford to ignore the economic benefits of expansion. The entire economy will benefit from the spoils of Heathrow expansion – a globally competitive hub is as essential for our regional and national economies as it is for the capital’s. 

“Our members’ livelihoods and that of their families depend on the continued success of Heathrow. Its expansion will create 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships and a £211 billion economic boost across the entire UK economy.”


For more information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774146777 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 07967 665 869.

Note 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