TUC says increasing airport capacity supports high-skill jobs and economic growth

Qatar airways bannerUnions have welcomed today’s  Airports Commission report.

The report says a third Heathrow runway will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the publication of this report which follows a lengthy, evidence-based consideration of Britain’s needs for greater airport capacity. Like other interested parties the TUC has given evidence to the commission.

“Increasing airport capacity supports high-skill jobs and economic growth, although its impacts on the environment, both in terms of carbon emissions and noise pollution, must be recognised.

“Now the government must act to implement the commission’s findings, not let them sit in archives, gathering dust.

“As this project moves forward, it is vital that the airport authorities work with trade unions. Agreements covering skills, health and safety and equality have been vital to the success of large-scale infrastructure projects in recent years, such as Heathrow Terminal Five and the stadia for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Unite London regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “The government needs to move swiftly and take forward the Airports Commission’s recommendations.

“The livelihoods of over 100,000 people working at Heathrow and those of tens of thousands in associated industries would be secured under this plan which cements Heathrow’s status as a world leader. This option, with the safeguards provided, delivers the biggest boost to the economy and will create over 70,000 jobs.

“Any further delay and uncertainty risks Heathrow losing out to rival airports across the globe, which is why the government now needs to show leadership and give the green light to Heathrow’s expansion.”

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