Amicus and the T&G have asked for an urgent meeting with Ford management to discuss what they describe as the company's third breach of a 'Sourcing and Investment Agreement' after the closure of operations at Croydon and Boreham.
Duncan Simpson, Amicus National Officer for the automotive industry, says: "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. The ballot for industrial action at Aveley is expected to take two to three weeks to conduct.
- Meanwhile the local union officials' view of Ford's amended 2003-5 pay and conditions offer to Land Rover workers is due to become known at the end of this week; no details have been released by either management or the three unions concerned, and the latters' national officers have neither recommended nor rejected it. The two 24-hour strikes, the second of which prompted Land Rover's management to revise their offer, are understood to have cost some 2,000 units of production.