Workers at Electrolux’s AEG factory in the German city of Nuremburg have voted to strike.
They are demanding a better severance package when the factory is shut down in almost two years time.
More than 96% of union members at the AEG plant voted to go on indefinate strike from Friday.
Talks between the Swedish parent company and German trade union IG Metall over compensation broke down last week.
The union is pressing for more money and training for the more than 1,700 people who will be put out of work when the plant closes.
Electrolux said in December that it would shut down the Nuremberg factory, as part of a group-wide cost-cutting programme.
It is planning to transfer production of washing machines and driers to Poland and Italy, because it says production costs in Nuremberg are too high, though the union disputes management’s figures.