LABOUR’S shadow chancellor has called on the Government to protect workers in the airline industry.

Anneliese Dodds visited Gatwick Airport on Tuesday to meet Labour councillors concerned about Crawley’s economy. The town has been rocked by a global downturn affecting the avation industry.

She demanded the Government bails out airlines provided they meet six conditions, including making “clear commitments” to tackle climate change and protect jobs.

“Sectors hardest hit by Covid-19, such as aviation, need their own deal to protect jobs and working conditions,” she said.

“Labour has already set out a six-condition plan for aviation which would save thousands of jobs connected to the sector in Crawley, while forcing companies to clean up their act on tax avoidance and the environment.”

Ms Dodds said the Government “has to act now to save Crawley’s jobs”.

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