Honda restarts production at Swindon

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