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.


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BFAWU news

Stop the Union-Busters! NSSN Conference July 4th 2015

On Saturday, July 4th 2015, the National Shop Steward's Network (NSSN) will hold its 9th Annual Conference under the theme -  'Stop the Union-Busters'. The Conference will take place from 11.00am-4.30pm at Conway Hall; 25 Red Lion Sq, London; WC1R 4RL and confirmed speakers include PCS General Secretary, Mark Serwotka... Read more

It's Time to Step Up and Act Up For Health and Safety at Work!

Since 2010, Trade Unions, Safety Representatives and workers in general have had to battle against not only deteriorating safety conditions at work, but the Tory-led government and it's media's attempts to further undermine safety by using extremely unhelpful rhetoric and anecdotal-based fantasy. Long-standing legislation, designed to protect lives has been... Read more