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Protest march held in bid to save 3,500 jobs at Swindon’s Honda plant

Honda has said it plans to close its Swindon plant by 2021. Credit: PA images

Car giant Honda has been urged to reverse its decision to close its Swindon plant and cut 3,500 jobs during a protest march today (Saturday 30 March).

Hundreds of Honda workers were joined by community leaders and politicians marching through the town.

The protest is the second to have been organised by workers since Honda announced it will close the Swindon plant in 2021.

Workers from the plant at a protest in Westminster. Credit: ITV News West Country

Unite, which organised the event, said more than 15,000 jobs will be lost in the supply chain as well as 3,500 at the factory.

A spokesperson from the union said thousands of people had come from across the UK and mainland Europe to join the march.

Unite is determined to fight to keep Honda in Swindon. This is a world class plant with a loyal, dedicated workforce that have earned and deserve a secure future.

It’s not just Honda workers we are fighting for. We have an extended supply chain dependent on the plant and we know from previous experience that when one skilled manufacturing job goes, four more follow elsewhere in the economy.

That’s why we are fighting day and night to prevent that happening. This plant is viable and should have a bright future.

– Steve Turner, Unite general secretary

Speakers at the march included Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey and Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.

A spokesperson from Honda said:

We recognise this is an unsettling time for our associates and the local community. We are consulting on this proposal with our associates and their representatives. It is not appropriate to pre-empt the outcome of this consultation or comment on its activities.

– Honda spokesperson