Honda jobs to go

This Is Wiltshire: The Honda car plant at South Marston yesterday. The company has announced 500 people are set to lose their jobs there The Honda car plant at South Marston yesterday. The company has announced 500 people are set to lose their jobs there

SKILLED workers employed by Honda will receive letters today detailing offers from the car giant to give up their livelihoods.

The Japanese car giant yesterday announced 500 jobs will be axed from its 3,000-strong workforce at the South Marston plant.

A stunted demand for the vehicles made at the plant on the European market is behind the decision to release 340 permanent and 160 temporary production associates.

Every one of the associates working at Honda are now under threat of losing their jobs while considerations are given to the redundancy packages being offered.

Just under a year ago 800 job losses were announced at the Swindon plant, of which 554 took the voluntary redundancy package on offer.

Honda bosses expect there to be a similar uptake of the voluntary package this time around.

Jason Smith, a director at the Swindon plant, said: “All production associates will be put at risk initially while we open up an associate release programme, which is a voluntary scheme.

“We hope that will negate the requirement for compulsory redundancies.

“It will be an enhanced package, above the statutory level. In our last round of redundancies a large quantity took the voluntary package and we are expecting a similar uptake.”

Those at risk will have until April 11 to reply with a verdict on their future, with May 23 the planned release date for the 500 roles.

Workers can also expect to receive comprehensive support in their future job search, with CV and job interview workshops to be laid on by the car maker.

The job losses are the result of a drive for greater efficiency at Honda, which will move from a three-shift to a two-shift pattern at the plant.

Production currently runs along two lines, which will be consolidated to one in October this year, with the second line remaining idle in the hope the European market picks up in the future.

“This is a very challenging day at Honda in Swindon,” Mr Smith said yesterday. “Our thoughts are with the employees and families of those employees.

“This decision was reached to sustain a strong future for this plant. Honda remains committed to Swindon.”

Honda will now enter into consultation with union Unite on the prospective job losses.

Tony Murphy, Unite national officer for car manufacturing, said: “There is no getting away from it, these job losses are a devastating blow, not just for these workers but for the thousands more across the industry whose work is dependent on the Honda plant.

“Decent, skilled jobs are being lost today and investment is being withdrawn.

“We cannot allow workers of this expertise to be dispatched to the dole queue – the country needs their skills if we are to power our country back to economic health.

“Unite is determined to do all we can to save these jobs and skills.”

One worker, who has worked in the Swindon plant’s welding department for 17 years, expressed his disdain for the decision to cut jobs in production rather than management.

“There were redundancies last year and despite this, management were paid bonuses,” he said.

“They are not getting rid of any management – that’s beyond belief. It doesn’t make any sense.

“There was no surprise when we were told on Monday night. We were all expecting it. There were rumours going around all day.”

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6:48am Wed 26 Mar 14

Hammer5 says...

Honda cars are to over priced and if Honda continues this pricing madness the plant will have no future!!
Honda cars are to over priced and if Honda continues this pricing madness the plant will have no future!! Hammer5
  • Score: 17

7:37am Wed 26 Mar 14

birdieman says...

Have to agree re the costs of a Honda. Had several models for many years reliable and well spec'd, but now expensive and with previous standard features now extra cost options...placed themselves into competition with premium brands = CRV vs X3....management mistake....
Have to agree re the costs of a Honda. Had several models for many years reliable and well spec'd, but now expensive and with previous standard features now extra cost options...placed themselves into competition with premium brands = CRV vs X3....management mistake.... birdieman
  • Score: 3

7:40am Wed 26 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

I looked into buying a Honda last year and also felt that they were over priced.

I also know of someone who has bought Honda's for a number of years and they too have switched to something different because of the price and poor dealer service.
I looked into buying a Honda last year and also felt that they were over priced. I also know of someone who has bought Honda's for a number of years and they too have switched to something different because of the price and poor dealer service. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 7

7:58am Wed 26 Mar 14

AGINGER says...

These Men and Women who have given their loyalty and Skills to this Company just dumped by the wayside, deserve better than this.
Come on HUM get out of Diesel and Petrol engined vehicles and really get to advancing yourselves in the Electric Powered market,and also start selling direct to the public ,both vehicles and spare parts and servicing,never mind the hi tech hydrogen fuel cells, just produce vehicles cheaper to buy, green to operate, no direct pollutant,and !! no fuel tax.
These Men and Women who have given their loyalty and Skills to this Company just dumped by the wayside, deserve better than this. Come on HUM get out of Diesel and Petrol engined vehicles and really get to advancing yourselves in the Electric Powered market,and also start selling direct to the public ,both vehicles and spare parts and servicing,never mind the hi tech hydrogen fuel cells, just produce vehicles cheaper to buy, green to operate, no direct pollutant,and !! no fuel tax. AGINGER
  • Score: -2

8:21am Wed 26 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
I looked into buying a Honda last year and also felt that they were over priced.

I also know of someone who has bought Honda's for a number of years and they too have switched to something different because of the price and poor dealer service.
I think what has happened is that other manufacturers have caught up. Whereas in the past if you wanted something reliable Honda would always be on your list, now others offer the same reliability for a lot less money so there is a lot more choice. And their cars are a bit too "quirky" for some. I had a Honda a while back and loved it but wouldnt look at one now as I am not a fan of any of their current models which is sad for Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: I looked into buying a Honda last year and also felt that they were over priced. I also know of someone who has bought Honda's for a number of years and they too have switched to something different because of the price and poor dealer service.[/p][/quote]I think what has happened is that other manufacturers have caught up. Whereas in the past if you wanted something reliable Honda would always be on your list, now others offer the same reliability for a lot less money so there is a lot more choice. And their cars are a bit too "quirky" for some. I had a Honda a while back and loved it but wouldnt look at one now as I am not a fan of any of their current models which is sad for Swindon. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

8:25am Wed 26 Mar 14

EastleazeRed says...

Unfortunately honda have got their strategy all wrong . They only have 3 models that all look outdated unlike BMW in Swindon who are thriving atm with record sales across the globe . Only 1 model with but with 9 derivertives
Unfortunately honda have got their strategy all wrong . They only have 3 models that all look outdated unlike BMW in Swindon who are thriving atm with record sales across the globe . Only 1 model with but with 9 derivertives EastleazeRed
  • Score: 6

8:27am Wed 26 Mar 14

EastleazeRed says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
Unfortunately honda have got their strategy all wrong . They only have 3 models that all look outdated unlike BMW in Swindon who are thriving atm with record sales across the globe . Only 1 model with but with 9 derivertives
The new Mini !
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately honda have got their strategy all wrong . They only have 3 models that all look outdated unlike BMW in Swindon who are thriving atm with record sales across the globe . Only 1 model with but with 9 derivertives[/p][/quote]The new Mini ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: 0

9:22am Wed 26 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

Hammer5 wrote:
Honda cars are to over priced and if Honda continues this pricing madness the plant will have no future!!
They need the money to pay for their new wood-burning generator which 'will make Honda’s Swindon plant a global benchmark in energy risk management.'
[quote][p][bold]Hammer5[/bold] wrote: Honda cars are to over priced and if Honda continues this pricing madness the plant will have no future!![/p][/quote]They need the money to pay for their new wood-burning generator which 'will make Honda’s Swindon plant a global benchmark in energy risk management.' Hmmmf
  • Score: -2

9:56am Wed 26 Mar 14

somwal25 says...

yet again the focus is on the Honda people being made redundant and the help they will get in finding another job. but there are others who will be out of work through this decision people like the contractors who supply the parts,warehouse staff where the parts are stored.the people who do the catering ,cleaning and other support work for Honda they wont get the same package as the Honda workers nor will they get any support they will just be forgotten about as always
yet again the focus is on the Honda people being made redundant and the help they will get in finding another job. but there are others who will be out of work through this decision people like the contractors who supply the parts,warehouse staff where the parts are stored.the people who do the catering ,cleaning and other support work for Honda they wont get the same package as the Honda workers nor will they get any support they will just be forgotten about as always somwal25
  • Score: 12

10:11am Wed 26 Mar 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Unfortunately, the reality is that standards of living are still lagging, in real terms 10 years behind, so it is difficult to imagine how the recovery can be sustained when pay is rising at 2%, there is no spare capacity in the economy, and we should be in no doubt that interest rates are not going to be rising any time soon.
In the USA, most americans have been priced out new car ownership and yet the Economy and stock market are rising fast.
Question must be asked, how can this recovery be shared more equally in order to be socially and economically sustainable?
Unfortunately, the reality is that standards of living are still lagging, in real terms 10 years behind, so it is difficult to imagine how the recovery can be sustained when pay is rising at 2%, there is no spare capacity in the economy, and we should be in no doubt that interest rates are not going to be rising any time soon. In the USA, most americans have been priced out new car ownership and yet the Economy and stock market are rising fast. Question must be asked, how can this recovery be shared more equally in order to be socially and economically sustainable? A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 0

11:08am Wed 26 Mar 14

John Trollston says...

The EU is still riddled with debt and depression, does a Greek really want a new car when getting a job is hard enough,how about your average Spanish resident.

Honda have been downsizing this plant slowly and if it was not for goverment
subsidies and trying to switch to a more flexible work force this would have happened more quickly and sooner.

most of the other staff attached to Honda Subsidiarity companies are economic migrants like SDC 99.9% Goan employed at the lowest levels and above.

Not surprising anymore but still a big blow to Swindon.
The EU is still riddled with debt and depression, does a Greek really want a new car when getting a job is hard enough,how about your average Spanish resident. Honda have been downsizing this plant slowly and if it was not for goverment subsidies and trying to switch to a more flexible work force this would have happened more quickly and sooner. most of the other staff attached to Honda Subsidiarity companies are economic migrants like SDC 99.9% Goan employed at the lowest levels and above. Not surprising anymore but still a big blow to Swindon. John Trollston
  • Score: 3

11:22am Wed 26 Mar 14

Robh says...

Quite simply Honda lost the plot both on the design of their cars and their pricing structure. People no longer buy a Honda because of Honda's reputation they also want modern designs.
Quite simply Honda lost the plot both on the design of their cars and their pricing structure. People no longer buy a Honda because of Honda's reputation they also want modern designs. Robh
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

We're all doomed says...

Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks?

Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt.

This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon.
Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks? Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt. This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon. We're all doomed
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

We're all doomed wrote:
Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks?

Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt.

This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon.
Of course it is. Honda is a business, not a charity. It's management's must maximize the profitability of the company and if that means laying off some people, then so be it.
Anyone being layed off could use their redundancy monies to re-skill, and if they have half a brain should have been doing this already. I spend several hours a week studying as I constantly need to change course in my career and hence I am able to earn a very good salary.
Still it's easier to winge isn't it just!

Thumbs down for the Woo!
[quote][p][bold]We're all doomed[/bold] wrote: Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks? Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt. This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon.[/p][/quote]Of course it is. Honda is a business, not a charity. It's management's must maximize the profitability of the company and if that means laying off some people, then so be it. Anyone being layed off could use their redundancy monies to re-skill, and if they have half a brain should have been doing this already. I spend several hours a week studying as I constantly need to change course in my career and hence I am able to earn a very good salary. Still it's easier to winge isn't it just! Thumbs down for the Woo! mrwoo
  • Score: -9

12:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

John Trollston says...

One thing for sure there is going to be a lot less money going to India and its sub continents South marston Distribution Centre who provide logistics for Honda is majority India ethnic on the shop floor.

Eastern Eurpoe is also going to take a big hit TS Tech who provide seats for Honda majority Polish and other Eastern europeans on the Shop floor.

We have not included the Honda plant.

90% of new jobs go to foreign nationals.

Swindon has turned into a cess pit of ignorant foreigners try walking through the town centre you will no longer hear the soft west country dialect only a mish mash of loud Indians and Eastern Europeans who have no basic manors and English language skills.

I pity the British nationals being made redundent in todays Job market but al least a few on here can look forward to labeling a few more British job seekers as lazy scroungers.
One thing for sure there is going to be a lot less money going to India and its sub continents South marston Distribution Centre who provide logistics for Honda is majority India ethnic on the shop floor. Eastern Eurpoe is also going to take a big hit TS Tech who provide seats for Honda majority Polish and other Eastern europeans on the Shop floor. We have not included the Honda plant. 90% of new jobs go to foreign nationals. Swindon has turned into a cess pit of ignorant foreigners try walking through the town centre you will no longer hear the soft west country dialect only a mish mash of loud Indians and Eastern Europeans who have no basic manors and English language skills. I pity the British nationals being made redundent in todays Job market but al least a few on here can look forward to labeling a few more British job seekers as lazy scroungers. John Trollston
  • Score: 24

1:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

""John Trollston says...
Swindon has turned into a cess pit of ignorant foreigners try walking through the town centre you will no longer hear the soft west country dialect only a mish mash of loud Indians and Eastern Europeans who have no basic manors and English language skills.""

I thin the word your English language skills are looking for in manners!!!!!
""John Trollston says... Swindon has turned into a cess pit of ignorant foreigners try walking through the town centre you will no longer hear the soft west country dialect only a mish mash of loud Indians and Eastern Europeans who have no basic manors and English language skills."" I thin the word your English language skills are looking for in manners!!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: -9

1:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

mrwoo wrote:
We're all doomed wrote:
Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks?

Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt.

This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon.
Of course it is. Honda is a business, not a charity. It's management's must maximize the profitability of the company and if that means laying off some people, then so be it.
Anyone being layed off could use their redundancy monies to re-skill, and if they have half a brain should have been doing this already. I spend several hours a week studying as I constantly need to change course in my career and hence I am able to earn a very good salary.
Still it's easier to winge isn't it just!

Thumbs down for the Woo!
Actually agree with you for once. Too many don't understand basic economics, you either lay some people off and save the jobs of those still there or you continue to work at a loss until it goes down completely and everyone loses!

Yes of course its sad, but hardly unexpected in this day and age. Most private sector workers have been made redundant at some stage through no fault of their own (twice for me) and you have to pick yourself up, and be prepared to retrain and/or go where the work is.

As for all the comments about migrant workers, criticising people who are prepared to work harder and longer for less money that you are says more about you than them! Just as well no Brits ever go and work abroad then taking up local jobs!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]We're all doomed[/bold] wrote: Is it acceptable for a company that is laying people off once again. (5500 employees in 2008) to give it's directors hugh pay rises and performance bonuses? Remind you of the banks? Each PR man that appears on TV after they lay another group of people off say that Honda is committed to Swindon and there is a strong future. We need to take what they say with a pinch of salt. This is just another nail in the coffin that is Honda Swindon.[/p][/quote]Of course it is. Honda is a business, not a charity. It's management's must maximize the profitability of the company and if that means laying off some people, then so be it. Anyone being layed off could use their redundancy monies to re-skill, and if they have half a brain should have been doing this already. I spend several hours a week studying as I constantly need to change course in my career and hence I am able to earn a very good salary. Still it's easier to winge isn't it just! Thumbs down for the Woo![/p][/quote]Actually agree with you for once. Too many don't understand basic economics, you either lay some people off and save the jobs of those still there or you continue to work at a loss until it goes down completely and everyone loses! Yes of course its sad, but hardly unexpected in this day and age. Most private sector workers have been made redundant at some stage through no fault of their own (twice for me) and you have to pick yourself up, and be prepared to retrain and/or go where the work is. As for all the comments about migrant workers, criticising people who are prepared to work harder and longer for less money that you are says more about you than them! Just as well no Brits ever go and work abroad then taking up local jobs!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: -3

2:09pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Paddyr says...

This is very sad but unexpected news, Honda have slowly been winding up the whole plant, to had one plant that is not in production really says it all, expect Honda to have left Swindon by 2020 if not long before, the cost to keep a plant shut will be very expensive for them, they can mothball a plant in less than 24 hours due to the "Just in time" way they operate, looking at the picture in yesterdays paper, we all know that is a massive plot, they are looking for somewhere to build an east Swindon district centre, currently outline the otherside of the covingham flyover, don't be fooled by Honda's Green engery scheme, that is a Smoke screen, instead expect more houses, trading estates, and shops and schools,
This is very sad but unexpected news, Honda have slowly been winding up the whole plant, to had one plant that is not in production really says it all, expect Honda to have left Swindon by 2020 if not long before, the cost to keep a plant shut will be very expensive for them, they can mothball a plant in less than 24 hours due to the "Just in time" way they operate, looking at the picture in yesterdays paper, we all know that is a massive plot, they are looking for somewhere to build an east Swindon district centre, currently outline the otherside of the covingham flyover, don't be fooled by Honda's Green engery scheme, that is a Smoke screen, instead expect more houses, trading estates, and shops and schools, Paddyr
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SockPuppet says...

Don't panic, 'let them eat bingo' Dave is coming to help!
Don't panic, 'let them eat bingo' Dave is coming to help! SockPuppet
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

grounhogday says...

Can the Swindon Advertiser clarify as written in it's report 26/03 if the plant closure at Honda Manufacturing Swindon is due to "stunted demand" or "a drive for greater efficiency" ?

They are very different.
Can the Swindon Advertiser clarify as written in it's report 26/03 if the plant closure at Honda Manufacturing Swindon is due to "stunted demand" or "a drive for greater efficiency" ? They are very different. grounhogday
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

We're all doomed says...

SockPuppet wrote:
Don't panic, 'let them eat bingo' Dave is coming to help!
As I said earlier, "Remind you of the banks"!!!!!!!!!.....
.Dave sorted them out as well. Now can all relax, retrain and retire. (well one out of three ain't bad)
[quote][p][bold]SockPuppet[/bold] wrote: Don't panic, 'let them eat bingo' Dave is coming to help![/p][/quote]As I said earlier, "Remind you of the banks"!!!!!!!!!..... .Dave sorted them out as well. Now can all relax, retrain and retire. (well one out of three ain't bad) We're all doomed
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

Simple really crap car,over-priced and in time the whole site will close down,have to feel for the workers who will be out of work.
Simple really crap car,over-priced and in time the whole site will close down,have to feel for the workers who will be out of work. bradley red 1
  • Score: 1

10:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Sarah-jane12 says...

Very sad news. Hope those that lose their jobs quickly find more work . It's not the time or place to talk about what Honda might or might not do in the future, many people will be out of work in a couple of months and have the worry of supporting their families or keeping their homes. They didn't ask for this and went through the same process a year ago.
Very sad news. Hope those that lose their jobs quickly find more work . It's not the time or place to talk about what Honda might or might not do in the future, many people will be out of work in a couple of months and have the worry of supporting their families or keeping their homes. They didn't ask for this and went through the same process a year ago. Sarah-jane12
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Sat 12 Apr 14

We're all doomed says...

Time to start building super fast lawn mowers!
Time to start building super fast lawn mowers! We're all doomed
  • Score: 0

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