Honda hits target on UK job cuts

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JAPANESE car-maker Honda has achieved its target of cutting hundreds of jobs at its UK site mainly through voluntary redundancy.

The firm said at the start of the year it needed to cut 800 jobs at the Swindon factory because of a downturn in the European market.

Company figures released yesterday showed there have been 38 compulsory redundancies, all non-production, office roles.

A total of 525 workers have taken a voluntary redundancy package, and a further 200 vacant roles were no longer required as a result of a restructure of Honda’s Swindon operation.

Director Kim Ballamy said: “We’ve worked hard with associate representatives, individuals and trade unions to minimise the impact on associates and their families.”

Around 3,000 workers are now based at Swindon, building the Civic, CR-V and Jazz at a rate of just under 600 cars per day.