135 jobs to go at UK Honda partner following Swindon cutbacks

Another 135 jobs are to go following last week’s announcement from Honda that it is to cut back its Swindon manufacturing operation, this time at a nearby distribution centre.

South Marston Distribution Centre, which is owned by the Japanese car maker but operates as a separate subsidiary, is to make the cut backs following Honda confirming 500 jobs are to go at its UK manufacturing site.

SDC, which stores and prepares the parts used by its sister company to build Honda cars, currently employs 721 people of which 234 are temporary.

After the cuts have been carried out, the temporary figure will reduce to 99, although a decision has yet to be made as to which individuals will be let go.

Steve Gopal, director of operations at SDC, told This is Wiltshire that his team has spent the last week assessing the impact of the 135 job cuts.

““After all our calculations we have made projections and this is the number we have come to,” he said.

“These associates, throughout the month, will be informed when they’re leaving and we hope the whole process will be completed in the last week of April or the first week in May.”

The Honda Task Force, set up to support workers facing redundancy at Honda in Swindon, has won support from South Swindon MP Robert Buckland.

“As we did last year with the task force, it’s important we engage with the supply chain to Honda, in order to help employees affected by this news. They will need our support to put them into other jobs and other opportunities,” he said.

“I will make sure that the supply chain issue is very much on the agenda with the task force and that we contact all those companies.”