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Honda ends 300 UK agency staff contracts

Spokesperson says move will not result in further job losses

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Over 300 agency staff at Honda’s South Marston plant near Swindon, UK are expected to see their contracts end in March, CFOWorld has learnt.

The news, which follows an announcement made on 11 January regarding 800 job losses at the Japanese carmaker’s plant, does not amount to further job losses.

A spokesperson for Honda told CFOWorld that the 300 agency staff were taken on in autumn 2012 for the market introduction of the carmaker’s new CR-V model.

“Production levels are temporarily high at the introduction of a new model as there are no initial stock levels. Hence, they were hired on a temporary basis and were always due to finish working in March 2013. These conditions remain unchanged. There have been no further job losses,” he clarified.

Honda is blaming weak demand across Europe for the job losses announced last week. The move marked the first instance of Honda having reduced its British workforce since it began making cars in the UK in 1992.

Meanwhile, Robert Buckland, the MP for Swindon South, told BBC News24 that a support taskforce is being set-up to offer retraining, job-seeking advice and stress therapy in wake of the job cuts announced by Honda.


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