Honda restarts production at Swindon

* Workers return today * Back from four-month lay-off * Reduced pay until March 2010...

Honda restarts production at Swindon

Thousands of workers at Honda's Swindon factory returned to work today after a four-month shutdown.

Production at the plant which builds the Civic and CR-V models for Europe was suspended at the end of January due to a sharp drop in demand caused by the economic downturn.

During the lay-off, Honda introduced an 'Associate Release Programme', through which 1300 workers took voluntary redundancy. The remaining 3400 employees have agreed to a temporary pay cut until March 2010. Most will take a 3% drop in wages, but managers will forfeit 5%.

Production of the new Jazz starts at Swindon in the autumn, which Honda says will help to secure the long-term future of the plant.