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Honda in Swindon dispute union's pay cut claims

Car firm Honda has disputed claims by union leaders in Swindon that they are planning pay cuts at the company.

Unite said it had obtained presentation slides which outlined a plan to cut pay as well as minimise the influence of unions at the plant in South Marston.

But Honda said there were no plans to cut pay.

Unite's regional organiser Jim D'Avila said: "We need to get to the bottom of this."

The union holds 12 out of 13 seats on Honda's Representative Council which deals with pay and conditions.

Mr D'Avila added: "Honda have always argued that when it comes to the trade union, they are neutral. The evidence that we are now seeing is that they may not be as neutral as they have outlined.

"It is not in the interest of the future of the car factory or the people who work there to have this uncertainty. We need to get to the bottom of it and we need to clear it."

A Honda spokesman said the company had reassured staff that there were no plans to cut pay and that Unite's claims were inaccurate.

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