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

Film company looking for your stories of hardship

Award winning production company, Keo Films are making a documentary series for BBC 2 looking at the realities of life for many of Britain’s working population. These are unique and some would say, challenging times. Five years of ‘austerity’ have impacted on most of us, but has not yet beaten... Read more

BFAWU Press release regarding potential industrial action at McDonalds

London, 31 July 2017 UK McDonald's workers are set to strike over the company’s failure to deal with grievances related to drastic cuts to employee hours and bullying in the workplace - viewed by some as a punishment for joining a union. Alongside this, workers are dissatisfied with McDonald’s for... Read more