May 13, 2019

Swindon Honda closure 'a body blow', says Unite

PA Honda's decision to close its Swindon plant is a "Body blow" and a "Betrayal", a union has said. Honda UK director Jason Smith said the decision was taken with a "Heavy heart". Mr Quinn said Honda had rejected Unite's alternative plan for the Swindon plant, which would have kept it open and protected an estimated 15,000 direct Honda employees and workers in the supply chain. "We have this body blow which is nothing short of a betrayal of the workforce, customers and the wider supply chain which relies on Honda Swindon for work," he said. "Unite can only conclude that Honda is taking a strategic decision to retreat out of Europe in favour of protecting its North American operations and avoiding president Trump's tariff threat on cars made in Europe."

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