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.

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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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BFAWU news

BFAWU Statement On Samworth Brothers' Sacking Of Kumaran Bose

On December 6th 2016, Kumaran Bose will be meeting a number of MPs (including shadow ministers) to discuss his recent sacking by Samworth Brothers, a company known for it’s famous household brands, such as Ginsters and Soreen. Kumaran is a married man with a young daughter. He worked for Samworth... Read more

Fight For £10 March and Rally in Sheffield on December 17th

Fair pay for the work people do is a basic right. Workers should not be facing hardship as a result of poverty pay, particularly at Christmas. A march and rally in support of a real living wage of £10 an hour will take place at Devonshire Green in Sheffield at... Read more