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Thailand floods hit production at Honda in Swindon

Man wading through flooded station in Bangkok
Image caption The floods have stopped production at Thai factories which make electronic components for Honda

Staff at Honda motors in Swindon have been forced to work a three-day week because of flooding in Thailand.

The floods have stopped production at the Thai factories that make the electronic components for Honda cars built at the Wiltshire plant.

A Honda spokesman said: "We are working closely with our suppliers in Thailand and throughout our global network to re-establish the flow of parts."

Mass production of the Civic was due to start but could be delayed by a month.

Staff have been told they might have to continue on shorter hours for the next fortnight.

Japan earthquake

Unite spokesman at Honda, Jim D'Avila, said mangers in Thailand have got a "virtually impossible job".

"It coincides with the launch of a new Civic, so this couldn't have come at a worse time," he said.

The company has said it is too early say how long it will take before production returns to normal.

In August, Honda reported an 88% plunge in first-quarter profits after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan.

This caused a shortage of car parts and disrupted its supply chain.

In April, workers at the Swindon factory scaled back production to two days a week.

They stayed on full pay during this period and built up a balance of hours to owe the firm.

They returned to full-time work at the beginning of September.

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