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Honda workers have a lot to offer other firms, it is claimed

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CONVINCING prospective employers the workers leaving Honda perform better than their appraisals suggest is one of the challenges facing Task Force project manager Jill Annal.

The Task Force, made up of representatives from a variety of agencies and organisations, plus the two Swindon MPs, was created to help staff under threat of redundancy at Honda make decisions on their futures.

The Task Force moved into temporary space at the HUM campus last week as it took its first steps towards supporting the 1,837 production associates at risk of losing their jobs.

HUM has not allowed the top-performing 30 per cent of its associates the chance to leave the business voluntarily through its Associate Release Programme.

Jill said it is her mission to make it clear that those with poorer appraisals are simply the victims of an exceptionally high standard of assessment at the Japanese car giant.

“You have to be good to stay here,” she said. “As is the case with many companies dealing with redundancies, they want to keep their best workers and have made arrangements for that.

“It makes it difficult for us to message that decision out to potential employers because on first look it seems as if only poor performers are leaving Honda voluntarily, when that is far from case.

“It has to be clear that Honda’s appraisal process is of a high standard and you have to be exceptional at your job to score a good or better score.

“Those being offered the chance to apply for voluntary redundancy are highly-skilled, good workers.”

Yesterday and last Friday the Task Force was at the campus to answer questions and offer advice to any workers who might be affected by HUM’s decision to axe 500 jobs.

The two days of activity will be followed by four weeks of daily workshops with staff from April 22, when associates begin to hear whether their application toleave has been accepted.

The period of support will culminate in a jobs fair at Stanton House - ironically owned by Honda - on Friday, May 23 – the day HUM releases its 500 staff.

Jill expects the Task Force will be turning away companies looking to recruit Honda workers at the jobs fair by the time the event comes around, such is in the interest.

Twelve firms have already listed their interest with the Task Force, with 200 vacancies already made available.

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11:23am Sat 12 Apr 14

John Trollston says...

This jobs fair is open to all job seeker or JSA claiments yes?
This jobs fair is open to all job seeker or JSA claiments yes? John Trollston
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7:07pm Sat 12 Apr 14

We're all doomed says...

Does this include Honda workers who are not at risk of redundancy?
Does this include Honda workers who are not at risk of redundancy? We're all doomed
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8:13pm Sat 12 Apr 14

localgirl80 says...

I left at the last set of redundancies - - The so called job fayre was a complete waste of time. I'd start searching for a job now if you know your being made redundant.
I left at the last set of redundancies - - The so called job fayre was a complete waste of time. I'd start searching for a job now if you know your being made redundant. localgirl80
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9:35pm Sat 12 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

they should punish honda for keep messing the people of swindon around.one minute its all "come and work for us" then its sorry,bye bye.these job fayres are a waste of time.theres not enough jobs for everyone so no amount of task forces will have any effect.thanks david cameron for messing up the uk and for being out of touch with reality.
they should punish honda for keep messing the people of swindon around.one minute its all "come and work for us" then its sorry,bye bye.these job fayres are a waste of time.theres not enough jobs for everyone so no amount of task forces will have any effect.thanks david cameron for messing up the uk and for being out of touch with reality. timt1964
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1:59am Sun 13 Apr 14

faatmaan says...

the trouble is most prospective employers will see the latest round of people being made redundant as poor performers, rightly or wrongly, this puts them at a disadvantage the moment they are made redundant, almost akin to blacklisting. Good luck to all who have to leave .
the trouble is most prospective employers will see the latest round of people being made redundant as poor performers, rightly or wrongly, this puts them at a disadvantage the moment they are made redundant, almost akin to blacklisting. Good luck to all who have to leave . faatmaan
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11:11am Sun 13 Apr 14

Oik1 says...

It can be devistating being laid off from a job such as factory / production work if it's something that you've been doing for years, job fairs sound good but proper jobs have to be there for those needing them, at the moment it looks like a lot of people are justifying their own exsistance and being seen to be doing the right thing, the reality is, these people are being let go by Honda and they do come with a tag of underperfomers.
1,837 production workers jobs at risk, 200 vacancys on offer at present, any way you look at it, it's going to be very tough, perhaps our two MP's and Honda could get together and give some thought to the labels given to those employee's leaving Honda in future.
It can be devistating being laid off from a job such as factory / production work if it's something that you've been doing for years, job fairs sound good but proper jobs have to be there for those needing them, at the moment it looks like a lot of people are justifying their own exsistance and being seen to be doing the right thing, the reality is, these people are being let go by Honda and they do come with a tag of underperfomers. 1,837 production workers jobs at risk, 200 vacancys on offer at present, any way you look at it, it's going to be very tough, perhaps our two MP's and Honda could get together and give some thought to the labels given to those employee's leaving Honda in future. Oik1
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1:23pm Sun 13 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

timt1964 wrote:
they should punish honda for keep messing the people of swindon around.one minute its all "come and work for us" then its sorry,bye bye.these job fayres are a waste of time.theres not enough jobs for everyone so no amount of task forces will have any effect.thanks david cameron for messing up the uk and for being out of touch with reality.
So your idea would to to cut your nose off to spite your face then? And then all the workers would have no jobs? And the world is run by big business and not politicians so it wouldn't matter who was in power this would be happening anyway. Honda have got left behind in the car making business pure and simple everything else that happens is basic economics as in every other business struggling to gain market share.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: they should punish honda for keep messing the people of swindon around.one minute its all "come and work for us" then its sorry,bye bye.these job fayres are a waste of time.theres not enough jobs for everyone so no amount of task forces will have any effect.thanks david cameron for messing up the uk and for being out of touch with reality.[/p][/quote]So your idea would to to cut your nose off to spite your face then? And then all the workers would have no jobs? And the world is run by big business and not politicians so it wouldn't matter who was in power this would be happening anyway. Honda have got left behind in the car making business pure and simple everything else that happens is basic economics as in every other business struggling to gain market share. house on the hill
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5:45pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Mushymushy says...

Honda is a rubbish place to work anyway, boring work,slim chance of development, no prospects. These people who get made redundant will find new jobs and probably be glad to get out of there. Who wants to work for a company where you have to ask to go to the toilet for the fear of the line stopping.
Honda is a rubbish place to work anyway, boring work,slim chance of development, no prospects. These people who get made redundant will find new jobs and probably be glad to get out of there. Who wants to work for a company where you have to ask to go to the toilet for the fear of the line stopping. Mushymushy
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6:31am Mon 14 Apr 14

We're all doomed says...

Anyone who is being made redundant should apply for a job at a local company called "Honda". Because they are still recruiting people. Strange but true.
Anyone who is being made redundant should apply for a job at a local company called "Honda". Because they are still recruiting people. Strange but true. We're all doomed
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12:02pm Mon 14 Apr 14

swindondad says...

Mushymushy wrote:
Honda is a rubbish place to work anyway, boring work,slim chance of development, no prospects. These people who get made redundant will find new jobs and probably be glad to get out of there. Who wants to work for a company where you have to ask to go to the toilet for the fear of the line stopping.
Stop being silly.
Many jobs (production line, call centre, tills at the supermarket etc) need staff to be covered for "comfort breaks", it's not just a Honda requirement.
[quote][p][bold]Mushymushy[/bold] wrote: Honda is a rubbish place to work anyway, boring work,slim chance of development, no prospects. These people who get made redundant will find new jobs and probably be glad to get out of there. Who wants to work for a company where you have to ask to go to the toilet for the fear of the line stopping.[/p][/quote]Stop being silly. Many jobs (production line, call centre, tills at the supermarket etc) need staff to be covered for "comfort breaks", it's not just a Honda requirement. swindondad
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