Unite, Britain's biggest union, has called Honda's decision to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon plant a 'hammer blow' to UK manufacturing and the local economy.
In reality Honda will cut over 1,100 jobs, as the company recently announced 325 job cuts to temporary workers at the Swindon site.
Unite has vowed to oppose any compulsory redundancies and has demanded that Honda negotiates with the union to minimise the impact of the cuts and to save jobs at the site.The union is attending meetings with the company today (Friday 11 January) and was briefed on the job losses only yesterday.
The company said it was cutting 420 managers and supervisors, and 360 production workers, but the announcement comes on top of cuts to 325 agency worker jobs.
Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: "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.
"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."
Honda has blamed the cuts on a slowdown in demand from the European mainland but Honda's sales in the UK remain strong.
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.