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Honda pledges 'no more job cuts' at Swindon factory

Honda's Swindon factory
Honda says it has the level of workforce to meet expected demand

Bosses at the Honda factory in Swindon say there will be no more job cuts in 2010, despite expecting a tough year.

About 1,300 jobs were lost in 2009 through the associate release programme and the plant shut for four months.

Ken Kier, head of UK operations, said the company had "cut its cloth accordingly" for the new year.

"We're anticipating the stopping of the scrappage scheme and the increase in VAT. We're not expecting 2010 to be as good as 2009," he said.

"We're planning a very conservative basis for next year both in production and sales in the UK market.

"We've cut 1,300 jobs and anticipate not cutting any more at all.

"Honda has the level of workforce needed to meet the demand for next year's circumstances that we know we can achieve."

The factory produces the Honda Jazz supermini and the Honda Civic cars.

It employs more than 3,000 workers at its South Marston plant.

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