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Community pledges ongoing support for Heathrow expansion

31st October 2016

Community has today joined British industry and unions in pledging to back Heathrow’s third runway through to delivery. Representatives of workers and industry met this morning at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to commit to working with Gheathrowovernment to deliver Britain’s new runway.

Government backing for Heathrow triggers an immediate £50m of supply chain investment before the end of 2017, creating up to 2,700 new British jobs. £460m of contracts will be issued before construction begins in 2021 with 95% of Heathrow’s procurement spend allocated within the British supply chain, 60% outside London and much of which will be used to create jobs and work in the UK steel industry.

Signatories included the Confederation of British Industry, EEF – the Manufacturers’ Association and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Signing on behalf of Community, John Park, Assistant General Secretary of Community said:

“This will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects the UK has seen. The commitment by Heathrow to use UK steel will mean the benefits of this project will reach into communities hundreds of miles away from the airport and right across the UK.

This level of commitment to the British supply chain, skills and workforce is a first class example of how projects of this nature can provide high quality employment opportunities.

The UK government have committed to developing an industrial strategy – projects such as the expansion of Heathrow should provide a catalyst to delivering that aim.”