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

Solidarity action Earth Strike 20th of September

At our Conference in June, delegates passed a motion to support the call for a General Strike for Climate. All BFAWU workplaces are encouraged to support the day of action in whichever way they can. We fully support the global student strikes that have been taking place across the world. . The Climate... Read more

BFAWU Statement on Labour Commitment to Tackle Workplace Heat

The BFAWU welcomes today’s announcement by the Labour Party on tackling heat in the workplace. For many years, our Union has been at the forefront and has indeed made calls to businesses, politicians, the Health and Safety Executive as well as the TUC to support measures that protect employees from... Read more