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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

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

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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

Honda to axe 800 jobs at its Swindon plant

Japanese car giant Honda has announced it is to cut 800 jobs after a slump in demand across Europe. Workers at the firm's plant in Swindon, which employs 3,500 people, were told the news this morning.

Honda, which has been making cars in the UK since 1992, has never had job losses before in this country, but it said demand for cars in Europe, including Spain, Italy and Greece, had fallen by a million in the past year.

The company gave the statutory 90-day notice of consultation and said it would seek to avoid compulsory redundancies.

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Honda investing £267 million in Swindon plant

Japanese car giant Honda is investing £267 million in it's plant in Swindon. It's the biggest investment at the site for more than a decade.

500 new workers have been hired to build the new products and there are plans to double production by the end of the year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting the plant to see the Civic and CR-V models roll off the production line.

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy is at the plant as the new models start rolling off the production line:

Four-day week for Swindon Honda workers

The Honda plant in Swindon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Honda car factory in Swindon is cutting back production because of falling sales in Europe.

A third of the company's 3,500 staff working on the Civic and Jazz models will go onto a four day week in September.

But a system of flexible hours means their pay won't be affected.

A Honda Civic rolls off the production line at their plant in Swindon. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive
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