Plans to close the Ford Aveley pilot component plant in the United Kingdom may spark a company-wide strike, the AMICUS trade union claimed.

Amicus said that if a majority of members at Aveley vote in support of industrial action against the planned closure, they will move to ballot members for industrial action across the whole Ford [UK] group which also includes Land Rover (where industrial action is also taking place), Jaguar and Aston Martin.

Ford makes diesel engines at Dagenham but no longer builds Ford-badged cars in the UK.

Amicus and the T&G union have asked for an urgent meeting with European Ford managers to discuss the company’s third breach of a sourcing and investment agreement by announcing plans to close Aveley. The agreement, signed by the company in 2001 as the giant Dagenham car plant closed, guaranteed no further Ford plant closures but Ford have already broken the agreement twice by closing facilities at Croydon and Boreham.

Amicus national officer for the automotive industry, Duncan Simpson, said: “Ford cannot continue to break agreements we have made with them in good faith.

“Our members at Aveley have already voted overwhelmingly for an industrial action ballot and if a majority vote to take industrial action we are prepared to ask our members across Ford if they want to support Aveley’s fight against closure.”

In a consultative ballot of members at Aveley taken earlier this month, 76% voted in favour of a strike ballot.

Aveley, near Dartford, is a pilot plant for Ford components and provides high value engineering jobs.

The ballot for industrial action at Aveley is expected to take two to three weeks to conduct.