VIDEO: Our political correspondent Phil Hornby speaks to Honda executive Ken Keir about the announcement to cut 800 jobs from Swindon's car manufacturing facility.
The Unite union has called Honda's decision to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon plant a 'hammer blow' to UK manufacturing and the local economy.
Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: "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.
"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."
The Japanese car firm Honda is to cut 800 jobs at its UK plant in Swindon after a slump in demand for its vehicles in Europe.
The factory employs 3,500 people. Workers were told about the cuts when they arrived for their shifts this morning.
A 90-day consultation period is underway. Honda has siad it is trying to avoid compulsory redundancies.
The multinational has been making cars in the UK since 1992, and has never had job cuts here before. The firm said demand had fallen by a million across Europe.
Honda has confirmed it will cut 800 jobs at its Swindon factory after a slump in demand across Europe.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been visiting Swindon's Honda plant today to find out how they're bucking the trend in the motor industry.
The site has recently recruited 500 new staff and is introducing a new model of car.
European CR-V is part of a £257 million investment programme. Robert Murphy reports
Robert Murphy spoke to the Director of Honda UK Kim Bellamy, the Business Secretary Vince Cable MP, Scott Salmon and Simon Hinchley both of whom work at the plant.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting Honda's Swindon plant where 500 new staff have already been recruited to produce a range of new models. The car manufacturer is also investing a further 267 million pounds at the site. From Swindon, Robert Murphy reports.
Robert Murphy spoke to Kim Ballamy, a Director of Honda UK.
An extra shift was introduced at the UK factory of car giant Honda today, where hundreds more jobs have been created. The 500 new employees take the total number of workers at the Swindon plant to 3,500.
The Japanese firm said the second shift coincided with growing demand for its new Civic hatchback models. Production at the Wiltshire plant is forecast to double to 180,000 this year.
Speaking in December, Honda Motor Europe president Manabu Nishimae said Honda remained totally committed to building cars and engines in Europe, with Swindon at the heart of its European manufacturing activities.