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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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11 April 2018

McStrike: ballot for strike action at six McDonald's stores

The bakers' union BFAWU has notified McDonald's that it is balloting workers at six stores with a view to authorising a strike later this year

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10 January 2018

Strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

Strike action in two areas has won McDonald's workers across the UK a significant rise.

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27 September 2017

Food processing workers vote for action against miserly bosses

Leicester Socialist Party and the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) attended an emergency branch meeting for workers from Tulip, a food processing plant in Coalville. The members present on 24 September voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action due to a series of abuses by their employers.

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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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16 November 2016

Support the campaign to readmit expelled socialists

75 socialists, with more than a thousand years' membership of the Labour Party between them, have collectively applied to the Labour Party's national executive committee (NEC) to be readmitted.

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31 August 2016

#KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers



This has to stop, and we are going to stop it. This is the message of legions of workers fighting zero-hour contracts, poverty pay and the 'gig economy.'

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31 August 2016

Trade unionists for Corbyn rally in Cardiff

Trade unionists took the ideas of socialism onto the streets of Cardiff on 26 August, gathering at the foot of Aneurin Bevan's statue on Queen Street to rally in solidarity with the movement building around Jeremy Corbyn.

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25 August 2016

Blairite machine suspends membership of left-wing bakers' union leader

The Socialist Party condemns the suspension

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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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6 July 2016

NSSN conference: Implacable opposition to austerity

This conference marked over a decade of the National Shop Stewards Network supporting workers' struggle and organising among rank and file trade unionists.

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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

Pennine Foods strike forces bosses back to the table

Bosses have agreed to backdate a 2% pay rise to last August.

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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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Pennine Foods strike 6.6.16, photo A Tice

7 June 2016

Pennine Foods strike: "Business NOT open as usual - Again!"

"Solidarnosc" replied the Polish waggon driver when told by pickets that there was a strike on

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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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19 May 2016

Pennine Foods - Strikers persuade delivery lorries to turn away

"Where's your veg gone, where's your veg gone, far far away"

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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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