Everybody Hurts, Sometimes

everybody hurts sometimes
Like everyone, Honda is cutting production. The Financial Times reports that Honda’s Swindon, England plant is shutting down for the months of February and March. The Japanese company’s reputation for employee friendliness is taking a bit hit with the news that Honda’s “5,000 workers in Swindon will be laid off without pay during the shutdown.” The much lauded Japanese no layoff policy has gone by the wayside at Honda just as it has at Mazda and Isuzu. Toyota is likewise shoving people out the door of it’s Japanese factories without pay, but continues to hide behind the “contract workers” ruse which has long allowed them to in reality hire and fire to meet demand changes while claiming not to do so. Toyota “plans to reduce the number of contract workers on its Japanese payroll to about 3,000 by the first quarter of next year from more than 9,000 in the same period this year.” In simple terms, Toyota is laying off 6,000 people … without calling them layoffs. Meanwhile, “ Fitch Ratings downgraded Nissan’s long-term debt rating on Friday from “A-minus” to “BBB-plus” and signaled that further cuts could follow.” Layoffs, plant shut-downs, debt rating downgrades and plunging profits. Sound familiar?
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  • TexN TexN on Nov 21, 2008

    "plunging profits"?!!? Rick Wagoner: "What's a profit?"

  • Geo. Levecque Geo. Levecque on Nov 22, 2008

    The comment about being laid off by Honda at Swindon in England is incorrect, the full time employees will be "paid" there regular wages for the 50 days that this plant will be shut down, weekly wages run between 400 to 500 sterling pounds per week, its more or less a "paid" holiday for these workers! as reported in the "The Telegraph" newspaper also the "Scotsman"

  • Mikey Mikey on Nov 22, 2008

    Oh yeah no job banks for Honda we just pay them not to go to work.