GMB London call for consultation to be final round in go ahead for Heathrow 3rd runway
GMB London calls for consultation launch today to be the final round in go ahead for 3rd runway at Heathrow.
The Government, Heathrow and the airlines have got to come up with workable plans to insure that noise and air pollution issues are properly addressed says GMB London.
GMB, the union for workers in the aviation industry, calls for the public consultation launched today, 2 February 2017, to be the final round in the go ahead for a 3rd runway to be built at Heathrow. [see notes to editors for link to consultation document and previous GMB releases]
Warren Kenny GMB London regional secretary said:
"This consultation has got to be the final round in this long running saga."
"The Government, Heathrow and the airlines have got to come up with workable plans to ensure that noise and air pollution issues are properly addressed. At the same time government need to keep under review expansion at other airports in the South East including Gatwick."
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Notes to editors:
1) Heathrow Airport expansion: www.gov.uk/government/collections/heathrow-airport-expansion
Increasing airport capacity in the south-east of England.
The government’s preferred scheme for meeting the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England is a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.
We have launched a 16-week consultation asking for your views on the draft Airports National Policy Statement.
The draft Airports National Policy Statement sets out:
- the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England
- why government believes that need is best met by a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport
- the specific requirements that the applicant for a new north-west runway will need to meet to gain development consent
3) Previous GMB Press Release 18 October 2016
GMB LONDON REGION ON AIRPORT EXPANSION DECISION EXPECTED NEXT WEEK
GMB, the union for workers in the aviation industry, welcomes reports that cabinet ministers have been told they are free to break ranks with the government’s decision on airport expansion, a clear sign that Heathrow expansion will be given the go-ahead next week. [See notes to editors for a link to the report in today’s PoliticsHome]
Warren Kenny GMB London regional secretary said "GMB London region, which represents workers at Heathrow airport, have long campaigned for the airport to be expanded in the interest of jobs in West London and in the wider economy of London and the UK. It is welcome news that a decision on expanding London airports will be made next week as is the speculation that there will be a go-ahead for the heathrow expansion."
Boris Johnson given green light by Theresa May to campaign against Heathrow expansion
Kevin Schofield, 18th October 2016; https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/transport/air-transport/news/79978/boris-johnson-given-green-light-theresa-may-campaign
4) Previous GMB Press Release 12 September 2016
GMB Calls On Government To Give Go-Ahead To Third Runway At Heathrow
The steel required to build this major project would be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry says GMB
GMB, the union for workers in the aviation and steel industry, has called on the Government to make a decision on Heathrow expansion following the announcement that the construction of a third runway and new terminal buildings will have a massive impact on the UK steel production industry.
An estimated 370,000 tonnes of UK steel will be used to expand Heathrow, nearly 10% of the total steel produced in the UK for domestic use in 2015 (see notes to editors for a link to Heathrow’s report).
The expansion will sustain 700 jobs related to the steel industry over 5 years between 2021 and 2026 in addition to the 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships that will be created by the project as a whole. Heathrow has said that the new runway and terminal buildings could contribute as much as £211bn in economic benefits across the UK by 2050.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said “The amount of steel that will be required to build this major project will be a much needed boost for the UK steel industry, steel workers and their communities. This is another good reason for the UK government to make a decision quickly in support of Heathrow expansion."
Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Civil Aviation, said “Theresa May needs to get a shift on and make a decision on the 3rd runway at Heathrow as a matter of urgency. 180,000 new jobs, 10,000 apprenticeships and the economic benefits of up to £211bn depend on the expansion of Heathrow airport so we urge the Government to announce the go-ahead, as recommended by the Airport Commission, without any further delay.”
1 Jobs and growth at Heathrow