Thousands of jobs and £55 million each year into the local economy at risk if airport closes
Tory Tees Valley mayor given money to nationalise Teesside airport
Rally to take place at 13.00 on Saturday 13 August, Market Place, Doncaster, with GMB Reps, Mayor Oliver Coppard, local MP Dame Rosie Winterton and Regional Secretary Hazel Nolan speaking.
Workers whose jobs have been put at risk by the possible closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport will hold a rally tomorrow (Saturday 13 August), calling for state intervention to keep the airport open and save their jobs.
The GMB trade union, which represents staff at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, is calling for national government, local councils, and the South Yorkshire mayor to consider all options to save the airport, including public investment in the site.
Sarah Barnes, GMB regional organiser, said:
“Government inaction, when jobs are on the line, is unacceptable. We know the money can be found, as a Conservative mayor was given the money by a Conservative UK government to buy Teesside airport.
“So why aren’t they offering the same for Doncaster? £55 million each year into the local economy, 800 jobs directly and thousands indirectly are on the line, as well as the holiday dreams of thousands of holidaying families.
“We need to see the government step in quickly and commit money to save Doncaster Sheffield Airport. That’s the best way we can secure its long-term future.”