Ford has announced plans to close two UK plants, with unions putting estimates for the resulting job losses at around 2,000.
Unite leader Len McCluskey said that union thought that 10,000 further jobs along Ford’s supply chain could also be threatened.
“Ford has betrayed its workforce”, he said. “Unite is going to fight these closures. This announcement has been handled disgracefully. Only a few months ago Ford was promising staff a new transit model for Southampton in 2014.”
The transit van factory in Southampton and the stamping plant in Dagenham are set for closure, with transit van production potentially moving to Turkey.
The announcement came a day after Ford closed a plant in Genk, Belgium. More than 4,000 workers lost their jobs.
Justin Bowden of the GMB said: “Ford’s track record in Britain is one of broken promises and factory closures.”
Ford workers in the UK have already struck this year over attacks on pensions.
The company has said it plans to shut the plants next year; stewards should immediately begin planning an industrial and political campaign to resist closure, up to an including sit-ins and occupations.