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99 job losses at Honda

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.

Today, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) can confirm that following the on-going meetings between HUM and the Unite Consultative Committee (UCC), and following the closure of the voluntary redundancy programme on Friday 9 May, the total number of compulsory redundancies will be 99.

A formal compulsory redundancy process commences this week. The last contractual day for all employees leaving the company will be 23 May 2014.

– Honda of the UK Manufacturing


More job losses following Honda cutbacks

South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce. Credit: ITV News

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.

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Honda plant in Swindon.

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.

Slump in European sales blamed for Swindon job losses

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:


340 jobs under threat at Swindon's Honda factory

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.

Over the last 12 months, we haven't seen the growth we'd anticipated. With no increase forecast for the next couple of years, we must scale our manufacturing activity accordingly.

However, with the restructuring we're taking today, and our new model plans, we remain confident in the long-term future of our Swindon plant.

Our Swindon operation continues to be the hub for our European car manufacturing activity.

– Ian Howells, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe

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.

These job losses are a devastating blow, not just for these workers but for the thousands more across the industry whose work is dependent on the Honda plant.

Today's losses are also a wake-up call to the UK government. The economy is far too fragile to proclaim a recovery - those workers losing their jobs today will find claims that the country is turning a corner an insult.

The truth is that there is simply no pick up in the incomes of Honda's customers, either here or in the eurozone. People are not confident and do not have the cash to spend.

– Tony Murphy, Unite union

Honda suspends production in Swindon

Bad weather had held up parts for Honda carts Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Honda reaches target of cutting hundreds of jobs at Swindon factory

Honda assembly plant in Swindon Credit: PA

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.

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