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20 June 2018

McStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

The 100th annual conference of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) was held in Southport from 10-14 June.

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23 August 2017

McDonald's workers vote to walk out in historic strike

McDonald's workers balloted at Crayford, south east London, and Cambridge stores have voted by an incredible 95.7% in favour of strike action

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7 December 2016

Sacked bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose calls for living wage 'protection'

On 6 December, Kumaran Bose will be meeting a number of MPs (including shadow ministers) to discuss his recent sacking by Samworth Brothers, a company known for its famous household brands, such as Ginsters and Soreen.

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10 August 2016

Samworth Brothers step up bullying and intimidation of workers

Trade unions like the bakers' union (BFAWU) exist to defend and extend the rights of workers This is why Samworth Brothers, one of Leicestershire's biggest food manufacturing companies, is trying to bully their employees at Kettleby Foods into backing-down from their perfectly reasonable demands for collective bargaining rights.

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29 June 2016

Protest to demand reinstatement of sacked bakers' union rep

Over a hundred campaigners and trade union activists paid a defiant visit to the headquarters of Samworth Brothers, a bullying penny-pinching company that has sacked BFAWU bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose.

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22 June 2016

Reinstate sacked Samworth Brothers union activist

The recent rise in the national living wage, although still falling well short of a real living wage of 10 an hour, was meant to make it easier for workers to afford to pay their rent and bills.

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22 June 2016

BFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"

The BFAWU bakers' union conference 12-16 June in Southport felt like a real council of war. This is a union with 20,000 members - that is numerically smaller than others - but huge ambition to defend them at a time when it is under siege from the food employers who want to protect their profits.

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15 June 2016

Solidarity with victimised bakers' union rep

After months of intimidation, Leicestershire-based food giant Samworth Brothers has sacked popular bakers' union BFAWU rep Kumaran Bose. Workers are fighting pay restructuring at the firm.

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1 June 2016

Could it be 3 strikes and you're out at 2 Sisters?

"More for less" is the slogan of 2 Sisters Food Group. That means more for billionaire owner and chief executive Ranjit Singh Boparan, and less, much less, for the workers.

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18 May 2016

Low paid Pennine Foods workers strike over cuts to premiums

Low paid members of BFAWU, the bakers' union, will be taking 48 hours strike action from 6am on 19 May after their employer Pennine Foods (Two Sisters) announced attacks on terms and conditions in a new contract

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16 September 2015

Parliament protest against the anti-union bill

On 14 September trade unionists and activists came together to protest against the second reading of the Tories' anti-trade union bill, writes Paul Callanan.

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10 June 2015

Bakers' union debates political representation

Political representation for workers was the keynote for the first day and a half of bakers' union BFAWU's annual conference, writes Iain Dalton.

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18 February 2015

Fighting for a 10 minimum wage

This month I attended the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) national executive, representing Youth Fight for Jobs, writes Ian Pattison.

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18 June 2014

Bakers call for 10 minimum wage

The June Bakers' Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) conference called for a living wage of 10 an hour for all workers

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11 June 2014

Bakers' union calls for general strike

"My message to Frances O' Grady and the TUC is this: We've done the marches, attended the rallies and got nowhere... Stop beating about the bush and call for a general strike"

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19 February 2014

Fast Food Rights day of action

In Newcastle we had an excellent Fast Food Rights day of action on 15 February. We staged a protest outside McDonalds which included activists from Youth Fight for Jobs and the bakers union BFAWU

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BFAWU members taking part in the TUC Manchester NHS demo in September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

12 February 2014

Fast food workers: Hungry for decent pay and conditions

A new campaign aims to win rights for fast food workers

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