Calls for extended leave to save West Dunbartonshire travel and tourism industry
The leave must be extended to protect jobs in travel and tourism.
That’s the message from West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, who joined a group of all-party parliamentarians urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend his leave – and to offer targeted support to the travel industry.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last week showed that 57% of airline passenger workers remain on leave alongside 51% of those involved in the operations of travel agencies and tour operators.
A letter, signed by 76 MPs, including Martin, warns that with a wasted summer season on top of the worst fifteen months in British aviation history, the removal of the job retention program will carry the risk that major layoffs become a brutal and devastating reality. .
The holiday is expected to be phased out by the end of September.
The aviation, travel and tourism industries have been among the worst affected by the pandemic, with passenger numbers falling to historically low levels, with devastating effects being felt across the country.
Commenting on his concerns, the SNP member said: ‘A third of jobs at Glasgow Airport have already been lost, and a number of my constituents here in West Dunbartonshire whose jobs depend on the airport and aviation sector are facing a worrying future.
“The UK government’s removal of the coronavirus job retention program would deal a devastating blow and inevitably lead to further job losses.
“I urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to heed this multi-stakeholder appeal and continue to protect jobs in aviation, travel and tourism and support these industries in the difficult weeks and months ahead.”