An interesting press release arrives from the Spanish workers’ cooperative organisation Coceta which has today signed a partnership agreement with one of the two main trade union federations in the country CC.OO. The aim is to work together to try to turn failing conventional businesses into cooperatives, as well as to convert businesses where the owner is retiring into worker-owned ventures.
The two organisations say they want to work more closely together with the aim of “not losing a single further worker’s job”.
Cooperatives and unions are increasingly rediscovering their common roots. Let me remind you of the 2013 ILO report on this theme Trade unions and worker co-operatives: where are we at? It’s worth a reread.