Unite backs expansion of Luton airport

Unite backs expansion of Luton airport

25 February 2013

Unite, Britain's largest union, has thrown its weight behind the campaign to expand Luton Airport to create an extra 5,000 jobs and help boost the local economy.

Approximately 36,000 people receive jobseekers allowance across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  The airport and its associated businesses can play a central role in correcting this imbalance in the years to come.

The self interest of a small group of 'not in my back yard'campaigners who are clearly out of touch with the reality which confronts tens of thousands of unemployed people should not be allowed to stand in the way of sensible growth and development.

Under the plans submitted to the local planning authority, the airport intends to create over 5,000 new jobs in the local economy. The plans come at a time when people are looking for work, the economy is suffering and unemployment is especially high amongst the young.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said:

"Supporting the expansion of Luton airport is common sense. It will create jobs and boost the local economy. The 'not in my back yard' mentality cannot be allowed to get in the way of these crucial plans to expand the airport. Unite fully supports the proposals to expand Luton along with the majority of respondents who took part in a consultation on the expansion last year.

"It's a choice between £100 million worth of investment or doing nothing."
Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors: Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.