Honda Swindon workers head to parliament urging closure rethink
- Monday 4 March 2019
WHAT: Photo opportunity with workers from Honda Swindon and supply chain firms
WHERE: Old Palace Yard, opposite Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 2BE
WHEN: Wednesday 6 March 2019, 13:00
Unite members working for Honda in Swindon and in its supply chain companies will be travelling to parliament on Wednesday (6 March) to enlist the support of MPs as they step up their campaign urging Honda to rethink plans to close its Swindon factory.
The workers are expected to be joined by politicians outside parliament for a photo opportunity where they will unveil a giant banner in Japanese and English. A giant #SaveHondaSwindon petition will also be available for politicians to sign up to the campaign ahead of a series of meetings with senior MPs in the afternoon.
Launched last Friday (1 March), the petition surged to nearly 11,000 signatures over the weekend. The petition addressed to Honda’s president and chief executive officer, Takahiro Hachigo, highlights how 3,500 direct jobs and over 12,000 more will be lost across the supply chain in the south west and the wider UK.
In a direct plea to the car boss, the workers urge a rethink, saying that Honda would benefit from moves to ensure the UK is a world leader in the new technology car manufacturing needs to thrive.
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.