Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers and Confectioners

Badge of the Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers and Confectioners   

 

 

 

Badge of the Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers and Confectioners.

Today’s Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union is one of the oldest trade unions in continuous existence. Founded in Manchester, its roots go back to the middle years of the 19 th century.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries the union was never more than a few thousand strong and suffered a number of problems in organising on behalf of its members, who worked long hours, in bad conditions and for low pay. The union was highly localised, and did not hold its first national delegate conference until 1910, master bakers were not excluded from membership until 1935, and as late as 1937, no more than 16% of bakers were in membership.

The name change to the Amalgamated Union of Operative Bakers, Confectioners and Allied Workers of Great Britain in Ireland took place in 1914, but lasted barely a decade until, in 1925, it dropped the words “…of Great Britain and Ireland” from the title. 

In 1964, the name changed once again to the Bakers Union before being expanded later to the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union. It currently has more than 23,000 members.

Website of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union.

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