Trade union GMB is urging the government to help boost the UK steel industry by approving a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The union for workers in the aviation and steel industry wants the Prime Minister to make a decision on the expansion plans after it was reported that the construction of a third runway and new terminal buildings will have a massive impact on the steel production industry.
An estimated 370,000 tonnes of UK steel will be used to expand Heathrow, nearly 10 per cent of the total steel produced in the UK for domestic use in 2015.
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 third 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.”