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Email your MP: save our airports, our jobs & keep our regions flying

We know the past few months have been particularly hard for GMB members working in the aviation industry. Your jobs were amongst some of the first to be put at risk due to Covid and they will be some of the last to return to any normality.

GMB has been on your side every step of the way; lobbying government to introduce the Furlough scheme or working directly with your employer to prepare for a safe return to work.

But the return will be gradual and without decisive government intervention many jobs are at risk; but it doesn't have to be this way.

GMB members working in aviation, their families, friends and the communities where local economies rely on airports and the jobs they create are the best placed to lobby politicians and government. We must make sure that government does what is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods and you are the ones that have the power to do that.

The GMB is asking you to write to your MP and set up a virtual meeting with them. Ideally you can organise some of your colleagues to attend this meeting with you.

Your GMB regional political officers can support you in doing this. GMB's Aviation Strategy, available here, will provide you with some talking points. And we have gathered some helpful statistics here. But really what matters is your personal experiences and stories. 
 

Email your local MP by signing the form on this page - or copy the template message and email them directly.

Please make sure you copy in nadine.houghton@gmb.org.uk (or forward her on a copy of the email sent) when writing to your MP so we can direct you to support from your GMB regional political officer.

We would also ask that when meeting your MP, if everyone on the virtual call is in agreement, that you get a photo or short clip of the meeting that we can share on social media. Please make sure that everyone is consenting to that beforehand.

Email your MP

Dear Member of Parliament,

I'm writing to you regarding the GMB's campaign to protect local jobs in the aviation industry and save our regional airport.

As someone that works in a UK airport my life has been turned upside down since the crisis hit my industry.

The aviation industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and it will be one of the longest to return to any form of normality.

Regional airports are telling us they desperately want to retain the skilled and dedicated staff they had before the crisis and continue to have only, at present, due to the CJRS.

Many aviation employers were preparing to issue Section 188 (Redundancy Consultation Notices) as it looked as though the Furlough scheme was ending, the Chancellor's extension to the scheme offered welcome relief but for how long? 

Flights are resuming and as they do, my employer will need workers like me to hit the ground running. 

But it's not just about my job or my employer; our regional economy is heavily dependant on our airport. The supply chain includes taxi drivers, hospitality and retail. The knock-on effect of our regional airport not getting the support it needs to survive will be devastating and once this crisis is over, don't local people deserve to get away?

Our regional Airport provides people with easily accessible air travel. Your constituents' holidays will be affected if we lose this local asset.

I would like to request a virtual meeting with you so you can hear directly my concerns for the future and the impact this crisis has had on me, my job and my family.

My union, the GMB, has developed 6 Key Asks. I'm calling on you to support our plan to save jobs and airports. 

The 6 key 'asks' I would like you to call on government to adopt and implement are:

  1. To extend the 80% furlough scheme for 12 months for workers in the aviation industry but with the possibility to 'taper' where necessary. 
  2. For government to recognise the vital role aviation workers have played in ensuring food and medical supplies have still entered the country and to commit to supporting the aviation sector in its hour of need through an economic package that helps both airports and the wider supply chain to survive without redundancies. 
  3. Any state aid to come with 'strings attached' to protect workers and create a greener industry. State aid discussions should not take place behind closed doors; trade unions should be involved in those negotiations too and powerful airlines should not be at the front of the queue (the supply chain and regional airports are just as important). 
  4. For Health and Safety reps to be involved at all stages of the risk assessment process and ensure appropriate levels of PPE are provided without delay to ALL aviation staff. 
  5. For the government stop playing populist politics which put our members' jobs at risk - no 14-day self-quarantine without the science to back it up. Ministers must stop publicly talking down the tourism industry
  6. That the government will continue to work with and meet with the unions representing all transport workers to ensure front line transport workers' voices are brought to the fore. 

GMB's key asks are expanded on here: gmb.org.uk/aviation-strategy

I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can set up a meeting soon.

Many thanks,

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Dear Member of Parliament,

I'm writing to you regarding the GMB's campaign to protect local jobs in the aviation industry and save our regional airport.

As someone that works in a UK airport my life has been turned upside down since the crisis hit my industry.

The aviation industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and it will be one of the longest to return to any form of normality.

Regional airports are telling us they desperately want to retain the skilled and dedicated staff they had before the crisis and continue to have only, at present, due to the CJRS.

Many aviation employers were preparing to issue Section 188 (Redundancy Consultation Notices) as it looked as though the Furlough scheme was ending, the Chancellor's extension to the scheme offered welcome relief but for how long?

Flights are resuming and as they do, my employer will need workers like me to hit the ground running.

But it's not just about my job or my employer; our regional economy is heavily dependant on our airport. The supply chain includes taxi drivers, hospitality and retail. The knock-on effect of our regional airport not getting the support it needs to survive will be devastating and once this crisis is over, don't local people deserve to get away?

Our regional Airport provides people with easily accessible air travel. Your constituents' holidays will be affected if we lose this local asset.

I would like to request a virtual meeting with you so you can hear directly my concerns for the future and the impact this crisis has had on me, my job and my family.

My union, the GMB, has developed 6 Key Asks. I'm calling on you to support our plan to save jobs and airports.

The 6 key 'asks' I would like you to call on government to adopt and implement are:

  1. To extend the 80% furlough scheme for 12 months for workers in the aviation industry but with the possibility to 'taper' where necessary.
  2. For government to recognise the vital role aviation workers have played in ensuring food and medical supplies have still entered the country and to commit to supporting the aviation sector in its hour of need through an economic package that helps both airports and the wider supply chain to survive without redundancies.
  3. Any state aid to come with 'strings attached' to protect workers and create a greener industry. State aid discussions should not take place behind closed doors; trade unions should be involved in those negotiations too and powerful airlines should not be at the front of the queue (the supply chain and regional airports are just as important).
  4. For Health and Safety reps to be involved at all stages of the risk assessment process and ensure appropriate levels of PPE are provided without delay to ALL aviation staff.
  5. For the government stop playing populist politics which put our members' jobs at risk - no 14-day self-quarantine without the science to back it up. Ministers must stop publicly talking down the tourism industry
  6. That the government will continue to work with and meet with the unions representing all transport workers to ensure front line transport workers' voices are brought to the fore.

GMB's key asks are expanded on here: gmb.org.uk/aviation-strategy

I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can set up a meeting soon.

Many thanks,

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