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

The Weather's Great, But Don't Put Yourselves At Risk!

Whilst it’s fantastic to have some sustained nice weather in the UK for a change, we need to consider those who work across the food sector and the implications relating to the work they do, which will no doubt include a significant amount of discomfort and risk. Bakeries, kitchens and... Read more

BFAWU Environmental Strategy

After being responsible for successfully moving a motion around climate change at the TUC in 2017, calling amongst other things for a just transition to a renewable energy industry, energy democracy and recognition of environmental reps, the BFAWU has been working away in the background to develop our environmental strategy.... Read more