SDC loses more than a third of its staff

A COMPANY owned by Honda is to axe 233 full and part-time jobs – more than a third of its staff.

Some 600 people at SDC’s four Swindon plants, including its head office at South Marston, were told about the redundancies yesterday and now must wait while a 90-day consultation is carried out.

Workers spoke of putting ‘Christmas on-hold’ after the 10am meeting which will see 97 temporary staff go within the upcoming months and 135 permanent employees expected to be let go in the upcoming year.

An unamed worker who alerted the Advertiser to the company’s plans, said the staff were gutted by the plans which come in the run-up to Christmas.

He said: “I have no idea how I am going to pay my mortgage let alone Christmas for the kids.

“At the moment Christmas is on hold – we can’t buy anything so that is the result.

“My wife and I are very worried.

“We all feel let down and hard done by and worried about the future.”

However, the firm, which handles, holds and delivers car-parts for Honda, says about 90 per cent of its business is tied to the car-firm and so it must act based on the condition of the industry.

Steve Gopal, the company’s general manager, said the proposal to make employees redundant would be ironed out with the unions and staff councils to see what, if anything, could be altered and who would go.

He said: “After looking at decisions taken by Honda we have looked at the proposal in detail and decided 135 permanent positions be made redundant. We have acted on the information we have and weighed up all that has happened over the past few months.

“I can imagine that it is difficult to digest.

“But it is beyond our control and is as a result of the world economy.”

Jim D’Avila, from company’s union Unite, said he feels a lot worse for SDC employees than Honda’s because they won’t have the availability of voluntary redundancies.

He said: “We have our first consultation on Thursday and over the next 90-days we will be working with everyone involved.

“We want to look at the options but there aren’t many. Industrial action is not available to us anymore because there is just no work.”

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2:17pm Tue 2 Dec 08

aynsley says...

Love the sensationalist headline Adver...

"SDC loses almost half its staff

A COMPANY owned by Honda is to axe 233 full and part-time jobs – almost a third of its staff."

Which is it? Almost half or almost a third? Maybe it's nearly 27%...
Love the sensationalist headline Adver... "SDC loses almost half its staff A COMPANY owned by Honda is to axe 233 full and part-time jobs – almost a third of its staff." Which is it? Almost half or almost a third? Maybe it's nearly 27%... aynsley

7:16pm Tue 2 Dec 08

john c says...

I am pleased to see that the maths qualifications of the reporters on this paper are of the same level as their ones for English, poor at best.
I am pleased to see that the maths qualifications of the reporters on this paper are of the same level as their ones for English, poor at best. john c

9:36pm Tue 2 Dec 08

sdcer says...

Not just them either, I make 233 from 600 to be 39% not 27%
Let's not lose sight of the fact that a HONDA company in SWINDON is making people REDUNDANT.
Not just them either, I make 233 from 600 to be 39% not 27% Let's not lose sight of the fact that a HONDA company in SWINDON is making people REDUNDANT. sdcer

5:07am Wed 3 Dec 08

Captain Sensible says...

Less of their lorries clogging up the road, thats got to be a silver lining?
Less of their lorries clogging up the road, thats got to be a silver lining? Captain Sensible

8:50am Wed 3 Dec 08

Adver Web Team says...

A red-faced Web Team would like to apologise for their failure in doing sums correctly. It is indeed 38.8 per cent of staff losing their jobs, which (I think!) is more than a third.

As you can tell, maths isn't my strong point. Thank you for putting me straight!

Regards,

Web Team
A red-faced Web Team would like to apologise for their failure in doing sums correctly. It is indeed 38.8 per cent of staff losing their jobs, which (I think!) is more than a third. As you can tell, maths isn't my strong point. Thank you for putting me straight! Regards, Web Team Adver Web Team

2:51pm Wed 3 Dec 08

her_in_doors2 says...

Perhaps now the oh so wonderful Honda will be seen for what it is - a blight on our landscape - I feel for all the staff but all they seem to have done is import unemployment and forced building of small boxes on our countryside. Never mind they still are flexing their muscles by trying to take over the Science Museum to house their overpriced metal boxes.
Perhaps now the oh so wonderful Honda will be seen for what it is - a blight on our landscape - I feel for all the staff but all they seem to have done is import unemployment and forced building of small boxes on our countryside. Never mind they still are flexing their muscles by trying to take over the Science Museum to house their overpriced metal boxes. her_in_doors2
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