Food workers take on global giant

McCormick Corporation is a food flavouring company that has facilities in 26 countries and employs over 10,000 workers. In the last few weeks, its workforce at the Bentleigh plant in Melbourne, Australia has been taking industrial action in support of a new workplace agreement. The company wants to cut workers’ wages and increase their workday by eliminating break periods. Support for these workers is not only confined to the local area, with McCormick workers from Indonesia and Myanmar showing their support. To fight effectively against such global companies, co-ordinated industrial action over many countries would be the most powerful weapon.