PRESS RELEASE: Bakers union supports the legalisation of lightning strike action and the re-introduction of secondary picketing.
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Delegates at the union’s annual conference voted unanimously to pressure the Labour Party to reintroduce the right of workers to exercise their democratic right without “restrictive balloting” procedures and reform of the Trade Union Act 1984.
Ronnie Draper, General Secretary said: “I would like to see secondary action re-introduced. It is illegal at present and should be repealed.”
Mr Draper also criticised the TUC leadership for failing to follow through on the issue despite some positive noises.
He said: “The TUC will make the right noises but to carry out anything a bit radical or slightly to the left, it gets short shrift.
“We need workers to rise like lions from the slumber to fight back.”
For further information, contact: BFAWU leader Ronnie Draper 07812739350 // Ronnie.Draper@bfawu.org // @ronniebfawu
To arrange interviews with Ronnie, union President Ian Hodson or union activists during conference, contact John Millington – 07931316547 // firstname.lastname@example.org // @johnjournalist
Notes to editors
• The BFAWU represents over 20,000 workers in food, baking and allied services industries across the UK and Northern Ireland.
• It is an affiliate to the UK Labour Party.
• 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.