The Food, Drink & Agriculture sector was formed in mid 2015 by uniting the combined membership from Unite's food, drink and tobacco sector and the rural and agricultural workers' sector. This page presents the legacy content from the RAAW section.
Unite's rural and agricultural sector, which in its current and predecessor forms has represented the interests of agricultural workers since 1906, covers members that work in areas as diverse as poultry, horticulture and forestry. Unite is expanding its membership to include people working within larger farms and in the organic sector. Within the poultry sector there are a substantial number of young people, in addition to the tens of thousands of people who work in horticulture, which is a sector that is growing quickly. It includes employees working in areas such as mushroom growing and nurseries. Unite also has a strong presence in forestry, representing workers in the Forestry Commission and private forestry.
Julia Long, national officer