Bakers union boss suspended from Labour Party

By Matt Atherton contact

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BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper claimed to be suspended from the Labour party
BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper claimed to be suspended from the Labour party
The Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) general secretary Ronnie Draper has been suspended from voting in the Labour leadership election, despite being a member of the party for most of his life, he claimed.

Draper, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, announced on Twitter that he had been suspended from the Labour Party.

He said he was “disgusted and in shock”​ when he received his suspension letter, reported ITV News​. Draper added that the Labour Party decided to suspend him following something he wrote on social media.

‘Disgusted and in shock’

The Labour Party told FoodManufacture.co.uk that it couldn’t comment on individual memberships.

Draper and Corbyn had both visited Greggs’s bakery distribution centre in Enfield just over a week ago (August 16), to engage workers and managers in the party’s Workplace 2020 consultation.

The BFAWU – Britain’s largest independent trade union in the food sector – declared its backing for Corbyn in June 2016.

The union said: “Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader in September 2015, the Labour Party now represented and supported the aspirations of our members, working in the food industry.”

‘The aspirations of our members’

Meanwhile, the BFAWU recently organised a protest outside a Marks & Spencer (M&S) store in Cardiff, in response to the 2 Sisters Food Group proposed changes to employment terms​ for workers at its RF Brookes factory. The protest on July 30 was part of a long running dispute between RF Brookes – which makes ready meals for M&S – and the BFAWU.

The union also planned a protest outside an M&S store in Leicester on the same day. The Leicester protest was held to encourage the public to boycott the Samworth Brothers​ products sold there.

The union claimed to have obtained evidence of a “bullying” ​letter being circulated among Samworth’s Kettleby Foods site, in a bid to sign away staff collective bargaining rights.

Ronnie Draper suspension

  • Claimed to be suspended from party
  • A member of Labour “most of his life”​, he said
  • Labour Party couldn’t comment

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