Workers fear for their jobs

TS Tech, which makes seats for Honda cars, among them the Civic would not comment on the future of staff

TS Tech, which makes seats for Honda cars, among them the Civic would not comment on the future of staff

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

CAR seat maker TS Tech is remaining tight-lipped on the future of its workforce, despite temporary staff raising concerns over their job security.

The Blackworth Industrial Estate firm produces seats for Honda’s Jazz, Civic and CR-V models, which are manufactured at its South Marston plant.

Temporary workers at TS Tech are now worried their jobs are under threat following Honda’s decision to scale back manufacturing last week.

The Japanese car giant is cutting 500 permanent and temporary roles from its team of production associates, with a similar outcome feared at TS Tech as a result.

Dan Stone, the director at TS Tech, said: “We are not in a position at this moment to comment.

“We are keeping in good communication with our workforce.”

Mr Stone confirmed discussions regarding resourcing were being held in response to Honda’s announcement, but no decision had been made.

The TS Tech chief also declined to confirm or deny whether there would definitely be some job losses.

Temporary workers at TS Tech in Highworth are recruited by Blue Arrow, an agency based in Commercial Road. One of the workers raised worries with the Adver on Tuesday.

“There are so many rumours, but no one’s said anything. Everybody’s in limbo. They (management) just say they don’t know because Honda hasn’t told them,” he said.

“Both Blue Arrow and TS Tech are saying they don’t know what’s going on. There are getting on for 500 workers here, 100 of which must be agency staff.

“We are scared because we have been told those who lost their job with redundancies last Easter were given a month’s notice, which became one day’s notice.

“We are expecting that sort of thing to happen again. They want us working until the last minute so we don’t sabotage anything.

“We just want to be put in the loop. If you cause a fuss and make a hassle about it all you get replaced because there are 10 people waiting to come in.”

Blue Arrow declined to comment.

The Honda Task Force, brought together by Forward Swindon to minimise the impact of the job losses announced at the South Marston plant will take its first action tomorrow.

There will be a series of internal meetings set up with production associates at risk of losing their jobs with representatives of Jobcentre Plus at the plant and another meeting on Friday, April 11.

Honda has also confirmed it is involved with creating a jobs fair, in conjunction with the task force, at the end of May, though details are yet to be confirmed.

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7:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

faatmaan says...

the ripple effect, no good news to offset these job losses, this would seem to become nature of modern employment working for large multinational companies flexing their ability to hire and fire at will. I wish all affected good luck in their pursuit of suitable alternative employment.
the ripple effect, no good news to offset these job losses, this would seem to become nature of modern employment working for large multinational companies flexing their ability to hire and fire at will. I wish all affected good luck in their pursuit of suitable alternative employment. faatmaan
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