Mission Statement

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is the largest independent Trade Union in the food sector in the British Isles. First established in 1847, we have over 175 years of experience in representing employees in the food sector, from production at factories through to sales at shops.

Our belief is that employees should feel secure and safe in their workplace and should be paid an equitable wage for the work that they do. We further believe that, by working together, workers have much greater ability to achieve better pay and conditions and to address injustices.

We are here to support our members if they should feel vulnerable; threatened; discriminated against; or generally persecuted in any way. We are also here to assist in obtaining compensation and justice for those who have been mistreated at work, or, indeed, may have been injured as a result of their employer’s negligence.

We are run by our members for our members, with a fully elected governing body who are answerable to our membership. 

health and safety

Health & Safety

BFAWU has been representing workers in the Food industry or allied trades since 1847 .Whether you are faced with issues around heat in the workplace; dust; manual handling; bullying; or other workplace issues the BFAWU is here to support and advise you and your fellow workers.

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Education and training

Education & Training

The BFAWU has a long tradition of training its representatives and promoting education generally throughout the industries which it is involved with.

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legal services

Legal Services

The BFAWU has a proud tradition of representing members with legal issues both in and out of the work place. We provide advice and assistance on personal injury and employment issues. Our specialist lawyers can help with both these and in many other areas of law.

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Other Services

We have established a number of other services to assist and provide advice to our members, including a Credit Union, which is open to all our Members. Through its collective bargaining power, the BFAWU is able to negotiate deals on behalf of our members with service providers. Click here to find out more.

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Documents area

The BFAWU publishes a quarterly journal called “The Foodworker” with news on what is happening in the Union and advice on a variety of matters. We also publish a number of other documents, such as our Rule Book; our Annual Report; and the Verbatim of our Annual Conference.