10 trade unions representing Honda workers in Belgium, France, Italy Spain and Turkey joined with the UK’s largest union, Unite in London today (Friday 5 April) to map out a European wide action plan to save Honda’s Swindon plant from closure.

The meeting convened by industriALL Europe comes amid fears from European trade unions that the Swindon closure could herald a retrenchment from Europe by Honda leading to more plant closures across the continent.

In addition to sharing information, the unions, representing tens of thousands of workers across Honda’s European operations discussed ongoing solidarity actions across Europe which have already included plant stoppages.

Commenting Unite national officer Des Quinn: “All the trade unions representing Honda workers across Europe are determined to save Honda’s Swindon plant from closure. There is a real fear that if Swindon goes, other plant closures across Europe could happen.

“We all believe that there is a compelling case for Honda to stay in the UK and will continue to work jointly as a plan is put together to persuade Honda to reverse its decision to close Swindon.
“Honda workers in Swindon should be in no doubt. Their colleagues across Europe are standing with them, as Honda Swindon workers are standing with them too.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.