The role of a safety rep

Watch our latest video to find out about the important role played by our union Health & Safety reps.

General Secretary's Opening Speech to Annual Conference 2021

At the 2021 Digital Annual Conference the General Secretary outlined the plans for the future of the union

The Right to Food Campaign

Our #RightToFoodSurvey has highlighted the scandal of food poverty for workers in the food industry.

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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Benefits of becoming a BFAWU member

As well as being represented in your workplace by trained representatives, there are a number of other benefits from being a member of the BFAWU; from legal services, learning opportunities, financial advice, credit union, discounts on purchases and short stays, there really is something for everyone.

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Education & Training

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

Legal Services

We represent members with legal issues both in and out of the work place.

Financial Services

The BFAWU recognises the importance of personal finances in every aspect of life, whether saving for the future, planning for the worst, or simply surviving day to day.

In the workplace, joining the union is recommended, working to support each other and be actively involved helps change happen; together is strength.


I wanted to have a voice, I am the daughter and sister of miners and I knew what being in the union meant to them.



BFAWU to recall Conference

Today the Labour Party has made a clear statement of intent in its aspiration to repair its relationship with the bosses but seems to be determined to widen the...

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The BFAWU has a long and proud history of standing up for workers within the food industry. Our campaigns have covered issues ranging from the health and safety of workers, to pay and conditions, and even on the quality of food.

Check out our latest campaigns here.

Health, Safety and Environment

Health & Safety

If you have concerns over health & safety issues, you will find all the  information you need here to raise the issue with your employer.

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Climate change is a trade union issue because workplaces burn energy, consume resources and generate waste and travel.

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Mental Health

Find out about the significant difference unions can make to mental health in the workplace.

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Read our resources on Covid-19 in the workplace, including our Covid-19 exposure questionnaire and statement.

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All organisations and communities, including trade unions, need to continue to tackle racism and promote race equality.

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As a trade union we make every effort to ensure the workplace is a safe and welcoming place for all members.

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Younger members

Younger workers are less likely to know their rights or raise issues at work if there is one.

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Some of our biggest advances to workers’ rights have been led by strong women trade unionists.

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