Talks held at Honda to ensure job loss staff are supported

Wiltshire Times: Talks held at Honda to ensure job loss staff are supported Talks held at Honda to ensure job loss staff are supported

CAR giant Honda is already making plans to help employees deal with losing their jobs after last week’s announcement.

Yesterday, talks were held at the company’s plant in South Marston which included both Swindon MPs and representatives from Swindon Council, Forward Swindon and Jobcentre Plus.

The meeting was chaired by Forward Swindon’s Clive Parkinson and was used to consider the impacts of the Honda redundancy announcement and agree how to co-ordinate the response and deliver effective support.

All of the current workforce will receive letters by the end of the week outlining the planned consultation period and the next steps the company will be taking.

A spokesman for Honda said: “This week letters will go to everybody to let them know what has been said and information regarding the consultation period.

“This morning, a meeting was held with representatives from Jobcentre Plus, both MPs, Forward Swindon, Swindon Council, the Skills Funding Agency, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, and Business West to discuss what is happening next.

“We discussed what we need to offer our employees, whether that’s advice like how to write a CV or what benefits and grants are available to them.

“It is important from out point of view to see where we move forward and we have the support of so many organisations in doing this.”

The outcome of yesterday’s meeting was to set up a Task Force programme, led by Forward Swindon and Jobcentre Plus, to manage the package of support which can be offered to Honda and the employees affected by redundancy.

A dedicated project manager, Jill Annal from Jobcentre Plus, has been appointed to run the Task Force and ensure that the multiple responses are delivered quickly and effectively.

News of the job losses at Honda came days before Jaguar Land Rover announced yesterday that they will add 800 jobs at their plant in Solihull.

Car industry analyst Christian Stadler believes, in contrast to Honda, Jaguar Land Rover is targeting customers unaffected by the worldwide economic problems.

Mr Stadler, who is Associate Professor of Strategy at Warwick Business School, said: “JLR targets exactly the right customers at the moment: rich people in growing car markets like China, the US, and Russia.

“In mature industries like the car industry, positioning is particularly important and the recent announcements from Honda and JLR demonstrate why.

“Unlike Honda’s customers, JLR’s customers are people who are not hit by the economic crisis to the extent that they need to delay the purchase of a new car.

“Meanwhile, Honda is seeing demand in its European market continue to be low.

“Although production is up from 97,000 in 2009 to 166,000 in 2012 this is well below its 250,000 capacity.”

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7:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

stoned says...

Do Mr Stadler realise we have a factory in China that, surprise surprise, supplies China !
Do Mr Stadler realise we have a factory in China that, surprise surprise, supplies China ! stoned
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8:45pm Tue 15 Jan 13

stoned says...

.......and we have factories in USA who supply, surprise surprise, USA. Guess what? Swindon's market is Europe. Bit difficult for them to supply USA & China when we already have factories there. " Associate Professor of Strategy". Think I'll apply for that job if I'm made redundant. Doesn't seem that you need to be that intelligent
.......and we have factories in USA who supply, surprise surprise, USA. Guess what? Swindon's market is Europe. Bit difficult for them to supply USA & China when we already have factories there. " Associate Professor of Strategy". Think I'll apply for that job if I'm made redundant. Doesn't seem that you need to be that intelligent stoned
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11:42am Wed 16 Jan 13

rusty25 says...

Honda seem to be making the right noises to the media.But having received the said letter yesterday and after Honda said they will look after the associates that they will be letting go I now find I will have to pay back the hours from my working time account if I am 1 of the unlucky ones,which at the moment equates to about £400 from my final salary,with more people who owe back a lot more hours than that!!
Honda seem to be making the right noises to the media.But having received the said letter yesterday and after Honda said they will look after the associates that they will be letting go I now find I will have to pay back the hours from my working time account if I am 1 of the unlucky ones,which at the moment equates to about £400 from my final salary,with more people who owe back a lot more hours than that!! rusty25
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7:31pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jerryrabbit says...

I left Honda parts divishion 12 years ago, but i wonder if the two Tory mps will refer to those looseing there jobs as workshy skivers and doll cheats,just as they and there party do to every other por sod who has lost his job under this goverment..Hurry up and sighn on as there wont be a benefit system left with this shower of Ba*****s in power..
I left Honda parts divishion 12 years ago, but i wonder if the two Tory mps will refer to those looseing there jobs as workshy skivers and doll cheats,just as they and there party do to every other por sod who has lost his job under this goverment..Hurry up and sighn on as there wont be a benefit system left with this shower of Ba*****s in power.. jerryrabbit
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8:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

billymcred says...

rusty25 wrote:
Honda seem to be making the right noises to the media.But having received the said letter yesterday and after Honda said they will look after the associates that they will be letting go I now find I will have to pay back the hours from my working time account if I am 1 of the unlucky ones,which at the moment equates to about £400 from my final salary,with more people who owe back a lot more hours than that!!
what do you expect by the sounds of it you were happy to be paid for not working so why should't you pay back the hours ? You say you owe hours and so do many more what about these that don't owe hours do they get a bonus to even things out ?
[quote][p][bold]rusty25[/bold] wrote: Honda seem to be making the right noises to the media.But having received the said letter yesterday and after Honda said they will look after the associates that they will be letting go I now find I will have to pay back the hours from my working time account if I am 1 of the unlucky ones,which at the moment equates to about £400 from my final salary,with more people who owe back a lot more hours than that!![/p][/quote]what do you expect by the sounds of it you were happy to be paid for not working so why should't you pay back the hours ? You say you owe hours and so do many more what about these that don't owe hours do they get a bonus to even things out ? billymcred
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10:00am Fri 18 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

Interesting comments on QT last night with a pro EU chap saying Honda have stated they would leave Britain if we left the EU.

Perhaps the Advertiser could ask them, as I've never heard such a statement from the company.

The thing that may make them leave of course is the lack of market share in Europe, which seems to be very much the case with UK motor sales being actually quite significantly up, but Honda's down.
Interesting comments on QT last night with a pro EU chap saying Honda have stated they would leave Britain if we left the EU. Perhaps the Advertiser could ask them, as I've never heard such a statement from the company. The thing that may make them leave of course is the lack of market share in Europe, which seems to be very much the case with UK motor sales being actually quite significantly up, but Honda's down. RichardR1
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