Silence over 500 job cuts

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @BerenCross

TEMPORARY workers supplying Honda’s production lines at South Marston are being kept in the dark on their future following last Tuesday’s decision to cut 500 jobs.

The Japanese car giant announced it would lose 340 permanent and 160 temporary production associates from its staff, but some workers are still unsure whether they will be affected.

Several agency staff based at South Marston Distribution Centre (SDC) in Thornhill Road have contacted the Adver with concerns over their future.

The employees are all managed by recruitment agency Pertemps, which has raised its own concerns over the lack of communication from SDC.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, has been working at SDC since last summer. She said: “Pertemps hasn’t contacted any temps about what’s going on.

“They don’t have any decency to come clean and tell us what’s going on, so I just think we are being treated badly.

“I need to know what’s going on for my family. A couple of weeks ago I was told I would be taken on in a permanent role, but now I have no idea if that still stands. I need clarification.”

Another worker, who did not give his name, has been at SDC for seven months. He said: “To put it mildly, I think the way Pertemps is treating everyone is disgusting. We haven’t really been given any information. We have been told we will have to wait until next month.

“It’s double standards – all of the permanent workers at Honda have been written to and given offers of redundancy, and we have been told nothing.”

Nikki Carvey, account manager for SDC at Pertemps, said: “We are actually concerned ourselves and trying to get information from SDC. We have had no contact with Honda themselves. Our link is with South Marston Distribution Centre.

“We haven’t told our workers anything in case it’s the wrong thing. We don’t know whether our temps are going to be released or not.

“All we have heard has been in the radio and newspapers.”

SDC takes delivery of various components and readies them for the productions lines at both plants in the Honda campus.

Despite repeated attempts by the Adver to speak with SDC, the firm continued to decline the opportunity to comment on the future of its temporary staff.

All of the 500 workers who ultimately lose their jobs at Honda were told this week there would be a return of last year’s highly-successful task force.

The coalition of Swindon MPs and various agencies at both the local and national level will work to minimise the impact these job losses will have.

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12:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

faatmaan says...

alas these people are temporary employees, they can be hired and laid off at will by the hirer ( unless they are on a fixed term contract), this is the way companies wish to hire staff for fluctuating workloads, some get lucky and are offered permanent positions, but even that is no guarantee of a long term job or career in any job nowadays. Good luck to all those who need to obtain new jobs,
alas these people are temporary employees, they can be hired and laid off at will by the hirer ( unless they are on a fixed term contract), this is the way companies wish to hire staff for fluctuating workloads, some get lucky and are offered permanent positions, but even that is no guarantee of a long term job or career in any job nowadays. Good luck to all those who need to obtain new jobs, faatmaan
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1:49pm Mon 31 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Agree, you never like to read stories like this and just hope people wont be out of work for too long.
Agree, you never like to read stories like this and just hope people wont be out of work for too long. house on the hill
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3:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

When things go quiet it usually means something is going on behind close doors,the most important people the staff are always last to know!
When things go quiet it usually means something is going on behind close doors,the most important people the staff are always last to know! bradley red 1
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1:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

candid friend says...

I see that in addition to the problems at Honda,that BMW are having cutbacks at Swindon, and Cowley.
All related, no doubt, to demand for their cars.
Honda may have been seen ,by the Council, as the answer to the decline of the Railway Works, and Pressed Steel,but, in the real world, jobs depend on sales,.
I see that in addition to the problems at Honda,that BMW are having cutbacks at Swindon, and Cowley. All related, no doubt, to demand for their cars. Honda may have been seen ,by the Council, as the answer to the decline of the Railway Works, and Pressed Steel,but, in the real world, jobs depend on sales,. candid friend
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