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TUC welcomes report on Heathrow airport expansion

Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Airports Commission report has recommended that Heathrow Airport should be expanded, 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.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
  • Follow the TUC on Twitter: @tucnews

 

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