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Honda is to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon factory after a slump in demand across Europe - that's around a quarter of its workforce of 3500.
The news was broken to staff as they arrived this morning.
Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy reports:
Swindon Borough Council leader Roderick Bluh has issued a statement reacting to the job losses at Honda.
Honda Europe's executive vice president, Ken Keir, has told The West Country Tonight that the proposed job cuts in Swindon are a long term solution to the lack of demand in the European market. He said they don't expect any further cuts and that the company has a 'long term future' in Swindon.
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.
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.
Honda is to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon factory after a slump in demand across Europe, the company said today. The factory employs 3,500 people, if the plans go ahead nearly a quarter of people could be out of work.
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.