A huge new solar farm has been officially opened at South Marston in Swindon. It's taken the owners, the sustainable energy company Eneco almost a year to install the 40,000 solar panels. They'll provide nearly two thirds of the energy needed to power Honda's car factory.
Timelapse video provided by Eneco
99 people are to be made redundant from Honda in Swindon. The company confirmed the number following discussions with the Unite union.
Honda recently announced it would be reducing its UK production lines from two to one. Employees made redundant will leave on 23 May.
A firm which keeps parts for Honda in Swindon has announced that 135 temporary workers are to lose their jobs.
It follows last week's move by the car giant to scale back production because of a fall in sales. South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce and will be mainly basing its decision on people's performance.
Car maker Honda has announced it is scaling back production at its Swindon plant with the loss of up to five hundred jobs. It will affect 340 employees and a further 160 agency workers.
The company, which employs 3000 people in the town, is cutting the number of shifts from three to two.
It blames a slump in European sales. Unions say staff have been left bewildered and angry, as Robert Murphy reports.
Honda is to cut production at its UK factory in Swindon from three shifts to two, threatening 340 jobs.
Jim D'Avila, from Unite union, says the staff are bewildered and angry:
Honda's senior vice president, Ian Howells, blames a slump in sales in Europe for the decision to scale back production at the Swindon car plant, with the loss of 340 jobs.
He told our political correspondent Bob Constantine that he expected the downturn to last for "one or two years", but denied that Honda had been too optimistic about the market in the past:
Japanese car giant Honda is to cut production at its UK factory in Swindon from three shifts to two, threatening 340 jobs.
Most cars built at the plant are exported and sales in other countries have not been as strong as in the UK.
Honda said it will enter into consultation on a proposal to reduce the workforce by 340 production employees.
As well as moving to two shifts, production will be consolidated on to one line, to "improve production flexibility and efficiency" while production volumes continue at the current level.
Honda is to cut production at its Swindon factory from three shifts to two, threatening 340 jobs, the company said today.
Honda has suspended production at its Swindon plant due to the bad weather. A container ship delivering parts has been delayed on its route to the UK. It's hoped work will resume on Friday.
The firm says the stoppage will not affect customer orders as the factory will make up the lost time next week.
Car maker Honda has reached a target of cutting hundreds of jobs at their Swindon factory.
The company says it's been able to do this mainly through voluntary redundancy. Managers announced 800 job losses at the South Marston plant in January after poor sales in Europe.
The Unite Union said the reduction in compulsory redundancies was a great achievement.