The left-wing Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) has today announced the launch of an upcoming membership consultation on whether the trade union should remain affiliated to the Labour Party.
In a statement by national president Ian Hodson, who has been critical of Keir Starmer, the union has declared that the “political direction” of the party under its new leadership has “given members cause for concern”.
Hodson cites the approach taken by Starmer during Covid, which the Labour leader describes as “constructive” but the BFAWU considers to be too supportive of the government amid “avoidable deaths, job losses and hardship”.
The statement also criticises “Labour’s apparent support for landlords” and “failure to stand up for tenants”, which touches on the leadership taking the view that a ‘cancel the rent’ policy would be “un-Labour”.
It refers to Labour abstentions on parliamentary votes, such as the covert human intelligence sources (criminal conduct) ‘spycops’ bill that led to 34 Labour MPs including several frontbenchers breaking the whip.