Honda workers, their supporters and the people of Swindon will be coming together this Saturday (March 30) in a show of unity to march and rally to Save Honda Swindon.
Marchers are set to gather from 11am at Swindon Town FC’s coach park for the Unite the union organised march, where they will hear from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.
The march, headed by two Honda Civics, Honda workers and a marching brass band, are then due to set off at 11.30am to march through Swindon to a rally at GWR Park, Faringdon Road.
At the rally in the GWR park, those gathering in support of the Honda workers will hear from Honda workers and their supporters including Swindon’s mayor cllr Junab Ali, Labour’s shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner.
There will also be a special performance by Swindon’s own Josh Kumra, singer and songwriter of number one hit single ‘Don’t go’.
Details of the march come as a petition calling on Honda to stay in the UK has reached nearly 20,000 signatures.
Unite South West region spoke to people in Swindon this week who’ve explain the massive impact the closure would have on the local community, and why it’s so important to attend the march:
— Unite South West (@unitesouthwest) March 26, 2019
Commenting ahead of the march, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner, “We are in the middle of a manufacturing emergency with 130 manufacturing jobs being lost every day in the UK. It’s time for the government to wake up before it is too late.
“The government needs to take the Brexit handbrake off its support for the car industry by throwing its full weight behind the fight to persuade Honda to stay in the UK and by properly supporting the transition to electric and alternative powered vehicles.”