Max Ogden, Fitz-Coll branch writes to us all:
I want you to watch this TED talk: When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient.”
Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and how working-class people can organise and own the businesses we work for, making decisions for ourselves and enjoying the fruits of our own labor.
Short, graceful, clear and punchy, it’s had nearly half a million views since filmed in October 2016. It is inspired by the Spanish Mondragon cooperatives.
Niki Okuk says “Money, people, training. Unions have all of theses things. Its time to start calling on our unions to bring all of their financial and political capital to bear in the creation of new union living-wage jobs in our communities. Union members understand solidarity, the power of collective action. They want more union businesses to exist, so let’s build them with them.
“Mondragon in Spain is a community built entirely around workers cooperatives. There’s 260+ businesses here, manufacturing everything from bicycles to washing machines to transformers. This group of businesses now employs 80,000 people and earns more than 12 billion euros a year. And all the companies there are owned by the people that work in them…”
So, do what Max says: watch this TED talk: When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient. Then read on about Mondragon, in the Basque country. It’s been growing since 1956…
Max suggests our branches have a chat about it sometime soon (to be ready for next year’s election polyphony, possible annual conference etc)
Why not? Max has a long track record on this kind of thing. We should interview him some time…