The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) is a trade union of workers in the food industry. It was founded in 1847, in Manchester, by a group of Journeymen Bakers.
The next year, the organisation began to operate on a national level, and became the Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers. In 1861 it played a key role in campaigning to secure the Bakehouse Regulations Act, which was eventually passed in 1863.
In 1964, the union was renamed the Bakers' Union, which then evolved to the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers' Union.
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Disabled people in this country have not experienced an attack like we are facing now since before we started battling our way out of the institutions in the early 1970s. Despite cuts to benefits and support services and a rise in hostility to disabled people, all combining to push us out of society, we are not letting this happen without a fight.
BFAWU leader calls for mass action against “cruel and evil” policy.