The employees of Honda have launched a petition in an attempt to reverse the decision of the Japanese car manufacturer to close the Swindon factory.
Len McCluskey of Unite union formed the petition and has attracted over 1,500 supporters.
The petition states:
Dear Mr Hachigo, please do not turn your back on a world-class, loyal workforce, determined to bring you continued success. We are urging Honda to re-think its decision to close our Swindon plant.
We believe that this economic and social catastrophe can be averted.
Our workforce at Honda are skilled, dedicated and efficient and together with the supply chain we are dedicated to making this company succeed.
Yes, these are challenging times for this industry but with vision and commitment, the UK can be the world leader in the new technology car manufacturing needs to thrive. Honda is well positioned to benefit.
So, we are urging Honda to think again.
The Swindon Honda factory produces more than 100,000 Civic models for customers all over the world. The factory is scheduled to close in 2022 with a loss of approximately 3,500 jobs. More than 7,000 jobs are also affected in the supply chain.
Reportedly, the company will keep its European headquarters in Berkshire, Bracknell, as well as its UK Formula One racing operations.
The chair of the influential Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) Committee of MPs, Rachel Reeves, said that the decision is “devastating for Swindon, for jobs, for the supply-chain, and for the UK’s car industry.”