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The GMB union has welcomed today’s announcement, but it says the travel sector still needs a lot more government support. It says 51% of aviation workers are still on furlough. Nadine Houghton, the GMB national officer, said:

Today’s changes are welcome – and will ease the pressure on a sector that’s been hit harder than almost any other.

But they’re not enough. More than half of the UK’s 300,000 aviation workers remain on furlough.

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