Jul 28, 2021

Honda workers in Swindon to face 'reality check' after it closes

The loss of Honda in Swindon is not just bad news for the 3,000 people who work there, but will send ripples out through the local economy, with about 1,800 jobs ending at two local firms that supply the plant. For workers like Michael Poole the announcement, in February 2019, that Honda was to close the Swindon plant was "a huge shock". First the Accord, then the Jazz and CRV were made in the plant, but it was the Honda Civic that became Swindon's flagship product, exported across Europe. Jim Brennan, who had not long started at the plant when its closure was announced, said: "I liked working at Honda, and I was halfway through an apprenticeship, so it was just like my world had collapsed. Alan Tomala worked at the Honda plant for 12 years before becoming a full-time negotiator with Unite the Union.

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