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Japanese carmaker Honda announced on Tuesday that it will not renew the contracts of over 300 agency workers at a plant in South Marston, near Swindon. This comes after the firm last week confirmed 800 job losses of permanent staff.
The agency workers are expected to be let go in February with the company blaming weak demand across Europe.
A Honda spokesman told the BBC that the 300 agency workers were taken on during the autumn months last year. “These 300 agency staff were provided through a third party agency and are not directly employed by Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. They were always due to finish working at the end of March 2013 and these conditions remain unchanged,” he said.
Europe’s ailing auto industry relies heavily on temporary workers. But the sector is losing ground as the European debt crisis continues to haunt the market with firms such as PSA Peugeot Citroen, Fiat SpA and Audi letting go thousands of workers.