Responding to this evening’s (Monday 25 June) vote by MPs backing Heathrow expansion Unite London & Eastern regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Heathrow expansion will secure tens of thousands of jobs and an economic boost not just for London and the South East, but for the rest of the UK too. This overwhelming vote in favour by MPs is a big step in making that a reality and ensuring Heathrow does not lose its competitive edge as a global hub to Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt.
“Aviation is a central part of the UK economy, connecting us to the rest of the globe and sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across our four nations. Unite will be working to ensure that the UK remains a global leader in aviation and that Heathrow expansion is done in a sustainable way that meets the stringent environmental targets that have been set.
“The government must now play its part and ensure there is no further delay by fast forwarding Heathrow expansion to free up the extra aviation capacity the UK has desperately needed for decades.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or 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.