London’s Heathrow Airport has agreed to offer financial support to its EU workers to help them secure their place in the UK post-Brexit.
The airport plans to set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds to help its European workers apply for ‘settled status’ so that they can continue working even after Brexit. Heathrow believes that this move will provide a level of certainty to its EU staff working for the airport directly.
Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye said: “Heathrow is an international business and we need a workforce that reflects this. It is critical for us to have diverse, happy and valued colleagues. Many of our people are worried about Brexit and this move will provide reassurance and certainty.
“In the past 12 months alone, our people have welcomed 80 million passengers through Britain’s front door and we want to ensure that we retain and attract the best for life post-Brexit.”
Up to 2,600 employees at the airport are likely to file applications.
The airport has also announced that all its direct supply chain workers will receive the London Living Wage by 2020.
In addition, the airport has decided to cease use of zero hour contracts for its direct workforce.
Heathrow is Britain’s largest cargo airport, and annually handles more than 78 million travellers. More than 80 airlines operate from the airport.