GMB calls on Healthrow Airport to protect jobs and incomes in coronavirus crisis
Workers at Heathrow are highly skilled and will be needed once the Airport is back on its feet so it is imperative that staff are protected says GMB.
GMB London, the union for airport workers, is calling Heathrow Airport and contracted employers to work with Government to keep staff working and to commit to protecting jobs and pay.
Heathrow Airport has been heavily impacted by the flight restrictions and travel bans.
Workers at the Airport are understandably worried about their livelihoods as their jobs are at immediate risk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Perry Phillips GMB Regional Organiser for Aviation at Heathrow, said:
“GMB want employers at the Heathrow to protect jobs and wages and not go to the extreme measures of redundancies and lay off's which will leave workers lives in ruins.
“With the Aviation industry hanging in the balance GMB is asking the Government intervene and provide financial aid along with a firm guarantee that jobs and wages are protected.
“My primary concern is our members and workers livelihoods and how we can work with employers at the Airport to protect jobs and pay.
“I have spoken to many contracted companies over the weekend to see if they can keep the staff working and to be more flexible that is equal and fair to all workers to keep them in work as a way of mitigating any lay-offs or redundancies so they can carry on providing for their families.
“Workers at Heathrow are highly skilled and will be needed once the Airport is back on its feet so it is imperative that staff are protected.
“Local MP's around Heathrow should be lobbying the Government and talking to ministers of how they can intervene to provide emergency financial aid and a rescue package to the Aviation sector that has to be linked to protecting wages and jobs at this time of crisis"
Perry Phillips, GMB Regional Organiser: 07912293481
Trevlyn McLeod, GMB Regional Organiser: 07968137967
Derek Rawlings, GMB Aviation Branch Secretary: 07848108007