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Below is a transcript of the evidence I presented to the Airports Commission
John McDonnell Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington
No negotiations and no United Nations, I assure you. Can I just say by way of introduction that I am here really more in sorrow than in anger? Can I say to Mr Holland-Kaye I am grateful for Heathrow’s apology this morning? Can I also say that after every expansion of Heathrow we have had the same apology as a community? Every time.
Whatever you feel about the expansion of Heathrow, there comes a time now when we have to have honesty. Of every expansion, we have been told as a community, just so you know, that there would be no further expansion. I have been in this area for 40 years. I have represented in Parliament my constituency for 17 years. Before that, I was a GLC councillor. I held my first meetings about Heathrow in the early 1970s. I have been at every hearing, I have been at every planning application inquiry, and at every one we have been told, ‘If we get this expansion, that will be the limit’. On the last occasion, in a hotel like this, a letter was read to us saying, ‘We do not need and we will not seek a third runway’. With the greatest respect to Mr Holland-Kaye, I am sure as an individual he means what he says, but as a corporate body Heathrow Limited and BAA before it just cannot be trusted.
John McDonnell MP launched the opening of Aspire’s new property at 49 Dudley Place (off Pinkwell Lane), Hayes UB3 1PA on Friday 12th December.
John said “I was most impressed with the facilities that have been provided for the residents which I believe will have an enormous impact on their re-habilitation”
Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury to live independent lives. They do this through their Independent Living Advisors, Assistive Technology Programme, Housing, Grants and through active campaigning for positive change.
Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury with most becoming full time wheelchair users and having difficulties in moving to appropriate housing. Due to the problem of a general lack of accessible housing in the UK, many people face the prospect of delayed discharge or having to live in unsuitable housing. This can mean anything from returning to a house where they will have to wash in the kitchen because the bathroom is inaccessible, to only being available to leave the property when friends or family are around to carry them out to the pavement outside.
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John McDonnell MP met with the Bakers union to discuss the next steps in the campaign to secure decent pay and working conditions for people working in the Fast Food Sector.
John said “I launched the campaign with the Bakers Union 12 months ago, recruiting staff and various fast food companies into the union. We linked up with the Fast Food campaign in America meeting with a delegation of their workers who are planing to form a global alliance of fast-food workers and organise a day of coordinated international protest in April to demand that workers get paid a living wage.”
Nick Allen, of US trade union federation Change to Win, said the globally-coordinated version of the US fast-food protests – which included occupying restaurant outlets and blocking roads – would be the biggest ever protest against low pay. “It will be a massive strike,” he said. “And this time it will be global, not just the US.”
Ian Hodson, president of the BFAWU, said: “Achieving £10 an hour would take 5 million people out of poverty. £10 is the minimum wage we demand in this country. We applaud what the Fight for 15 campaign has achieved in the US and we want to learn from them how we could make the same impact over here.” He told a rally at the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in London. “This is about changing society and changing our country. This is not about left and right, it’s about right and wrong, and we’re right and they’re wrong. They [UK fast-food workers] shouldn’t have to hope for justice, they should be able to afford justice.”
John McDonnell said “I approached the BFAWU, which represents many Greggs workers, to ask it to stand up for fast-food workers after management at McDonald’s,...
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