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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BFAWU news

Hovis Belfast Strike Suspended!

Following further negotiations with Hovis LTD management on 22/01/2020, the planned strike action of our members has been suspended for a seven day period in order to enable us to ballot on a significantly increased offer. Should this offer be rejected, the members will be called upon to commence action... Read more

BFAWU Members to Strike at Hovis Belfast!

Following pay talks with Hovis LTD, members of the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union voted overwhelmingly in support of all out strike action, due to commence at 12.01am on Friday 24th January 2020. Over a series of meetings the company have failed to meet the demands of our members... Read more