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Cabinet minister's crass comments on cabin crew jobs show government has thrown in the towel on UK aviation

Comments by work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey, made in an interview with the Spectator magazine, in which she suggests that cabin crew who lose their jobs could retrain as carers or nurses, have been branded as 'crass' and suggest that the government has given up on UK aviation according to Unite.

Responding, Unite National Officer for Civil Air Transport, Oliver Richardson, said: “Therese Coffey’s comments are just crass. They are as insensitive as they are ill-informed and only serve to show how out of touch the government is.

“Aviation workers throughout the UK are worried sick about their future and quite literally don't know if they'll have a job next week. Tens of thousands of aviation workers have already lost their jobs. Her focus as minister of work should be on saving as many jobs as possible, not throwing in the towel on a vitally important sector of the economy.

"The real problem is that the aviation industry is still waiting for the support package promised by the chancellor seven months ago. It is this delay and the failure to echo the support that other countries have provided for their aviation sectors that is seeing UK jobs go at an alarming rate.

"If the minister really wants to help aviation workers she should speak to her colleague the chancellor and get him to deliver the financial support he promised way back in March."