What does the future of work look like? Will disruptive technologies and automation create a race to the bottom for workers’ rights? Do we have to accept the gig economy and precarity? Can we achieve democracy and fairness in the workplace and fight in-work poverty without the broader labour and union movement? The union co-op is a model whose time has come. It is a fully unionised, worker co-operative, owned and controlled by those who own and work in it. Worker’s control, democracy and equality are built into the model which offers a solution to inequality and injustice both in and outside the workplace. Co-ops and unions are social movements with shared historical roots which emerged originally out of need. We believe they have a powerful shared future. This Manifesto seeks to lay out the ideas behind union-co-operatives and show how unions and co-ops can work together.
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jul 2020|
- MGMT theme Inclusive Economy
- MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
- MGMT theme Work Futures
Bird, A., Conaty, P., Mangan, A., McKeown, M., Ross, C., & Taylor, S. (2020). Union-Coops UK: A Manifesto for Decent Work. https://unioncoopsuk.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/a-manifesto-for-decent-work-fw4.pdf