Welcome to BFAWU. Supporting workers for over 150 years

We welcome you to the BFAWU website.

Our Union is the only independent Trade Union operating within the food industry and we’ve been representing working people since 1847. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the years and we continue to lead the way in terms of fighting for a better deal for our members.
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Ronnie Draper (General Secretary)

Ian Hodson (National President)

If you have a problem at work, our representatives are here to help. We campaign for improved terms and conditions. We also offer legal support; advice on education and training; and much more.

Our Work
Fast Food Right

Low pay, inconsistent shifts and bad management are too widespread in the food industry and allied trades. In alliance with the inspiring and successful food worker campaigns in the U.S., we are calling for a £10 an hour minimum wage. Join our TUC backed campaign here.


Campaigning is better together! Join BFAWU talk to our other members about current campaigns, upcoming projects and how to get involved in your workplace. Please also check to see upcoming events both in your area and nationally.

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Blog & NEWS

BFAWU news

'Costa Austerity' Event Comes to Bolton on August 8th!

The People's Assembly have organised a march and rally event in Bolton on August 8th under the moniker of 'Costa Austerity', which will focus on the real life effects of austerity for ordinary people and their families in the Bolton area. The government's ideological agenda of savage local council cuts... Read more

DPAC Launches Survey Into Reasonable Adjustments For Disabled Workers!

The Public Interest Research Unit (a small registered charity) is producing a report for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to feed into the House of Lords Equality Act Inquiry. Information on your experiences with reasonable adjustment being made, or not being made, would be very welcome, as would any suggestions... Read more