Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union

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Full name Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
Founded 1847
Members 20,496 (2013)[1]
Affiliation TUC, TUCG, ICTU, Labour Party[2]
Key people Ronnie Draper, general secretary
Office location Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City
Country United Kingdom

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) is a trade union in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1847 in Manchester, it is a trade-based union of workers in the food industry.

Soon after foundation, the union began organising nationally and became the Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers. It gained prominence when its 1861 campaign for improvements in working conditions led to the Bakehouse Regulations Act 1863. The union gradually adopted a federal structure.

In 1964, the union was renamed the Bakers' Union, but this was later lengthened to the present name.

In July 2015, the BFAWU endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election.[3]

General Secretaries[edit]

  • 1864: Thomas Hodson
  • 1883: John Jenkins
  • 1915: John William Banfield
  • 1940: Joseph Thomasson
  • 1952: Jock Halliday
  • 1968: Stanley Gretton
  • 1975: Sam Maddox
  • 1979: Joe Marino
  • 2010-present: Ronnie Draper[4]


  1. ^ Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union: annual returns. UK Certification Officer.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ Syal, Rajeev (5 July 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn gets backing of Unite in Labour leadership race". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ronnie Draper is elected General Secretary" (PDF). Autumn 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions

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