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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.

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


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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