Historical Background

The Food Federation and Allied Workers Unions of Zimbabwe (FFAWUZ) was formed in 1995 by a group of unions in the food industry which disassociated themselves from the United Food and Allied Workers Union (UFAWUZ) over serious allegations of misappropriation of union funds. The founding federation’s affiliates were: Baking Industry Workers Union (BIWU); Food Processing Workers Union; Soft Drinks Manufacturing Workers Union; Cold Storage Company Workers Union; Grain Marketing Board Workers Union, Dairy Trades Workers Union; and Meat, Fish, Poultry and Abattoir Workers Union. After serious misunderstandings over the misappropriation of union funds by the then UFAWUZ leadership these unions mooted an idea to establish a reputable workers federation for the food industry that would attract and restore confidence of membership in unionism. The unions pulled out and went on to form FFAWUZ. FFAWUZ, though formed in 1995, was successfully registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in 1999 obtaining Certificate No. C/30/11/00. In its infancy and preregistration period FFAWUZ faced persecution from UFAWUZ in alliance with rogue individuals from the Ministry of Labour who made it extremely impossible for FFAWUZ to get registration and penetrate the industry. With the support of affiliate unions and membership FFAWUZ managed to weather the storm and penetrated the industry to become the largest representative federation of unions in the food industry. The development also heralded the fragmentation of unions that remained in UFAWUZ, a situation that has prevailed to this day.


To be an organisation of excellence, vibrant and sole food workers union of Zimbabwe

Our Mission

To promote, protect, represent, and advance constitutional, socio-economic rights and achievements through advocacy, organising, recruitment, education, training and servicing of members


  1. To defend the general and specific rights and interests of workers in the Food and Allied Industries.
  2. To strengthen affiliates through capacity building in organising, recruitment, education and training.
  3. To enhance and maintain research, information and publicity for the organisation.
  4. To network and maintain cordial relations with like minded organisations locally and internationally.
  5. To promote food security through a well informed and motivated workforce.


  1. Solidarity
  2. Democracy
  3. Accountability
  4. Integrity
  5. Sensitivity
  6. Innovation
  7. Teamwork
  8. Resourcefulness

Gift James Tonderai Kaondera Shava the founding FFAWUZ President and Moses Hwingwiri BIWU founder