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Bakers union vows to fight Donald Trump and the far right

Issue No. 2609

Bfawu president Ian Hodson on a McDonalds workers picket line in May

Bfawu president Ian Hodson on a McDonald's workers' picket line in May (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (Bfawu) held its annual conference last week.

This year was the union’s centenary conference.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed delegates, launching a five-point charter for the hospitality industry. He cited important strikes by McDonald’s workers in Bfawu.

Union president, Ian Hodson attacked the culture of racist scapegoating. He said, “It wasn’t a migrant coming here who got rid of council housing—that was a political decision.”

Conference saw a series of emergency motions passed. The union reaffirmed its commitment to the Don’t Buy the Sun campaign.

A motion was passed calling for the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency motion supporting all efforts by Stand Up To Racism, Unite Against Fascism and others to oppose the protests in support of Tommy Robinson.

A motion was passed supporting protests against Donald Trump’s visit on 13 July. Some 40 people attended a Stand Up To Racism fringe meeting.

General secretary Ronnie Draper called on delegates to, “Return to your union branches, and CLPs and let’s campaign to get rid of trash like Robinson.”

Alan Kenny


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