Honda To Cut Swindon Jobs

Honda has announced it will cut 800 jobs at its Swindon plant.

Government says job losses at Honda are a 'bitter blow'

This will be a bitter blow to the workforce and the local area and we will be working with local partners to minimise the impact of the job losses. Times are tough in the European market but the automotive industry remains a major success story for the UK. Over the last two years global manufacturers including Nissan, JLR and BMW have invested 6 billion in the UK safeguarding and creating new jobs.”

– Spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Council leader reacts to Honda job losses

Swindon Borough Council leader Roderick Bluh has issued a statement reacting to the job losses at Honda.

Honda is one of our biggest and most valued employers in Swindon so we are naturally disappointed the company has had to take this difficult decision. This announcement will affect many people and families throughout Swindon and we will be working with Honda, and our partners, to provide as much support as possible to those employees who are affected by these job losses.

– Cllr Roderick Bluh

Union to oppose compulsory job losses at Honda

The union Unite says it will fight any plans for compulsory redundancies by Honda bosses. Staff were told this morning that nearly a quarter of the workforce at its Swindon factory are to go this year.

"Unite will oppose any compulsory job losses. We expect Honda to negotiate meaningfully with the union in order to mitigate the impact of these cuts. Unite will be meeting with our local union reps in the coming days to discuss the company's proposals."

– Tony Murphy, Unite national officer

Unite says Honda job cuts are a 'hammer blow' for UK manufacturing

The Unite Union says Honda's decision to axe nearly a quarter of its Swindon workforce is a disaster for manufacturing in the UK and for the local economy. Union leaders were told of the job loses yesterday and are locked in talks with bosses today.

This is a hammer blow to UK manufacturing and to Swindon where Honda is a major employer. The reality is that over 1,000 jobs are going at Honda - it’s a disaster for manufacturing in the UK and for the local economy . It's a tragedy for our members and their families. There's no doubt these cuts will have a significant knock-on impact on the supply chain, and on local shops and services .That is why we intend to save as many jobs as possible.

– Tony Murphy, Unite national officer

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Council leader 'disappointed' at news of job losses

Honda is one of our biggest and most valued employers in Swindon so we are naturally disappointed the company has had to take this difficult decision.

This announcement will affect many people and families throughout Swindon and we will be working with Honda, and our partners, to provide as much support as possible to those employees who are affected by these job losses."

– Cllr Roderick Bluh, Leader of Swindon Borough Council

Individual discussions to be held with workers

Honda said individual discussions will be held with workers at the Swindon factory following the announcement, while union officials have been briefed about the plans.

  • Around 150,000 cars were built last year in Swindon.
  • A third of the cars are sold in the UK, with the rest being exported to 26 countries, mainly in Europe.
  • Honda builds the Jazz, Civic and CR-V models in Swindon.

Honda says 'formal consultation' will take place to consider cuts

Sustained conditions of low demand in European markets make it necessary to re-align Honda's business structure.

As such, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) will enter into formal consultation with its associates to consider these changes and the proposal that it will reduce the workforce by 800 associates by spring 2013."

– Ken Keir, executive vice president of Honda Motor Europe
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