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Bakers make it a dozen – by becoming 12th union to join Morning Star board

THE Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) will take shares in the people’s paper and join the Morning Star board, its executive has agreed.

The union, which marks its 175th anniversary this year, organises workers in the food industry and has won plaudits in recent years for the “McStrike” campaign to win higher pay for McDonald’s workers and its success in organising precarious workplaces.

“The BFAWU has a longstanding relationship with the Morning Star,” general secretary Sarah Woolley said.

“It has been extremely supportive during disputes and with our campaigns such as for the right to food.

“We’re really looking forward to progressing that relationship now we are joining the board which we felt was absolutely the right thing to do.

“We’ll work on increasing the number of readers within our branches so our movement’s stories are heard by all BFAWU members.”

Morning Star editor Ben Chacko said he was thrilled the bakers’ union has become the latest to join the People’s Press Printing Society (PPPS), the co-op which publishes the Morning Star.

“The bakers are a dynamic, militant union that represents workers in a sector blighted by poverty pay and job insecurity,” he said. 

“They’re never afraid to take on employers and the McStrike campaigns helped bring trade unionism to workplaces where it hadn’t existed before. Their work is inspirational and their contribution to the PPPS will be a huge boost to us at the Morning Star.”

The BFAWU becomes the 12th national trade union to join the PPPS, alongside Aslef, Community, CWU, FBU, GMB, NUM, POA, RMT, TSSA, Unite and Usdaw. NUM North-East also has a maximum shareholding and seat on the management committee.

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