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

Unions support workers through pandemic

In a recent article in The Guardian, Ellie Mae O’Hagan writes about the effect of the pandemic on the workforce and of Unions’ assistance in reducing its impact on its members. Reporting on a study carried out by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS), she states that “On... Read more

Planned Strike Action in Hovis Belfast

Statement from the BFAWU Negotiating Committee Planned Strike Action in Hovis Belfast Our members in Hovis Belfast have voted for and are planning to take strike action this Friday 14th May 2021, starting at 6.00am. Following pay talks, members in the BFAWU and Unite the Union have decided enough is... Read more