Full text of Honda statement
Honda Motor Europe has today announced that its Swindon manufacturing facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), will move from a three-shift to a two-shift pattern. In addition, production will be consolidated onto one line, to improve production flexibility and efficiency, and will remain so whilst production volumes continue at the current level.
As a result, HUM will enter into consultation on a proposal to reduce the workforce by 340 production employees.
“Over the last 12 months, we haven’t seen the growth we’d anticipated. With no increase forecasted for the next couple of years, we must scale our manufacturing activity accordingly,” said Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe.
“However, with the restructuring we’re taking today, and our new model plans, we remain confident in the long-term future of our Swindon plant.
“Our Swindon operation continues to be the hub for our European car manufacturing activity,” he added.
Honda has been manufacturing cars at HUM since 1992 and currently builds the Civic, Civic Tourer, CR-V and Jazz models for the UK and European markets.
Honda will be working closely with all associates, who will be offered enhanced voluntary release packages whilst consultation with Unite continues. Honda will be offering a number of programmes, including change management information, CV writing support and flexibility for attending interviews. We have an Associate Assistance Programme which all Associates have access to and will be engaging with the local community to run a Jobs Fair.
However our long-term commitment to continue producing cars at Swindon remains absolute. Since 2011, we have invested over £250m in the plant for the new Civic, new CR-V and new diesel engine production line.