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

Briefing on employer and employees responsibilities in the wake of Coronavirus

The social landscape in response to Coronavirus is fast changing.  Emergency legislation giving ministers new powers to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak is currently progressing through parliament with the Coronavirus Bill, expected to become law by the time this briefing goes to press.  On Monday 23 March 2020 the Prime... Read more

BFAWU Emergency Measures over COVID19

Communications As we work through the Coronavirus situation, we have had to make a number of changes to the way we work as an organisation, so that we can continue to support you as members but comply with the Government guidelines and keep our staff safe. Our Regional Offices and... Read more