McCain workers vote to extend industrial action

McCain Foods workers have voted to continue protected action for another six weeks as the company warns the plant could be shut down temporarily.

Earlier this month 77 per cent of workers voted against a proposed industrial agreement, a move which McCain said would jeopardise the future of the company in Ballarat and could lead to its temporary closure within weeks.

Negotiations between McCain and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union have dragged on since April.

AMWU organiser Angela McCarthy said McCain, which has threatened to pull out of Ballarat before, was “the company that cried wolf”.

“I would never say that the threats the company is throwing out there they're never going to do, the point is we're not going to buckle.

“If we buckle every time the company throw a threat out there then conditions are going to be lost.”

McCain employs over 400 people in Ballarat.