The worker co-operative council is the representative body for all worker owned members of Co-operatives UK. C-UK purpose is to grow the co-operative economy through promoting, developing and uniting co-operatives. Ultimately the priorities of the worker co-operative council should reflect these overall purpose and seek to grow the worker co-operative sector.
We can focus on growth in a number of ways: the number of worker co-ops & worker/owners; our scale, our inter-connectedness, how much we fulfill our members needs. By working together, what could we achieve in 5 years? What actions can we take?
Size of worker co-ops in the UK
Total Turnover = £181m
Total Employee = c3000
Total Number = 431
C-UK Members = 174 (40%)
In 5 years?
Total Turnover = £362m
Total Employee = c6000
Total Number = 862
C-UK Members = 689 (%80)
Givers gain: “Ask not what the co-operative movement can do for you, but what you can do for the movement.”
Leverage everyone & everything: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts”
Learn from the best - occupy who?: “Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.”
Commit what you can: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”
Are we about self-help:- “Be the change you want to see in the world”
Action 1: Is a one page fact-sheet a good idea? -like this.
Action 1: Fight for inclusion in employee ownership guides and EO Day (4th July) - some success.
Action 1: Ed to set-up simple website on Co-op Web server and give other Councils members access
Action 2: Britta, Ed and John A to create first newsletter.
Action 3: Promote and develop facebook group.
Action 1: JA to approach www.employeebenefits.coop dead end
Action 1: Sion Whellen’s to produce, slides and short guide to running an event Done
Action 2: John Atherton to build area to display and promote
Done - http://www.uk.coop/documents/principle-six-events
Action 1: Bob Cannell and John Atherton to consult members and redraft.
Action 2: John Atherton to seek funding for redesign and print. Done
Action 3: JA to develop online Governance Audit
Done - www.uk.coop/workdercode
Action 1: JA to run a survey on member needs - in progress.
Action 2: JA it is in our plan to develop online webinar programme in Autumn of 2013
Action 3: JA working with Council to do feasibility and if agreed run 4 Co-operatives Skills seminars.
Action 4: JA working with Council and working group to run “a worker co-op thing” in 2013
Action 1: Mediation skills and network - on the back burner at the momen
Action 2: John Atherton & Alison Banton to trial member study visit (Dulas, 31st August 2012) Done
Action 3: John A to run seminars or member visits alongside all Council Meeting - Partially done
Action 1: JA to work with co-ownership solutions on new web pages
Done - http://www.uk.coop/converting-co-operative
Action 2: John A create “simply buyout” publication - underway fin by 4th July
Action 1: JA ensure one the agenda for Co-operative Option campaign - Done
Action 1: Helen Barber & John Atherton to meet with Institute of family businesses.
Action 1: JA to investigate young people's film with Woodcraft - Found money, need to chase contact.
Action 1: SW?