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Decent Work & Democracy – Union Co-ops


Start date / time
Friday 01 October 2021, 7:00pm
End date / time
Saturday 02 October 2021, 5:00pm
Wortley (Nr. Sheffield)
Registration required
More information
[email protected]
Organised by
Partner Organisation
Event type
Union Co-ops

A conference from union-coops:uk for trade-unionists and co-operators to promote fully unionised worker owned democratic business.

Join union-coops:uk's first conference at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield, 'the worker's stately home'.

Set in 26 acres of parkland, this grand stately home venue was built by Sir Richard Wortley in 1586, but is now owned and run by a workers co-op.

At this event we'll look at:

  • How can we ‘build back better’ after Covid-19?
  • What can union activists do to fight for decent work and democracy?
  • How can workers get control over our daily working lives?
  • What can we do to promote democracy in the workplace?
  • Do we have to accept the gig economy and precarity?
  • Is the union co-op a model whose time has come?

Speakers will include:

  • Cheryl Barrott (Co-op Party)
  • Miguel Martinez-Lucio (University of Manchester)
  • Ian Manborde (Equality & Diversity Organiser – Equity)
  • Michael Peck (1worker1vote – USA)
  • Ian Wilson (CASE)
  • Sion Whellens (Workers Co-op Council)
  • Sarah Woolley (Gen Sec BFAWU)

The conference starts with dinner on the Friday evening, and includes overnight accommodation and all meals.

The full conference runs throughout Saturday with plenary and active learning workshops in the "world cafe" style. Delegates can sign up for the full 24 hour package, or just the Saturday sessions.

Discounted (£140) Early Bird 24 hour delegate tickets are available until June 30th, after that the only 24 hour delegate places available will be at full price (£160).

As 24 hour places are limited, you are advised to book early to get a guaranteed place and the discount.

Union Co-ops are fully unionised, worker co-operatives, owned and controlled by those who own and work in them. Trade unions are at the heart of this solidarity economy solution: a union co-op offers the potential for a 100% unionised workforce, with the union an essential part of the governance.

The union co-op model can deliver improved wages and other terms and conditions by eliminating top-slicing by external owners. It offers us an opportunity to reset the working world, harnessing the collective power of workers, their knowledge, skills and creativity through strong partnerships with unions.


union-coops:uk is arranging this face to face conference under the ever changing background of the Covid-19 pandemic, and so union-coops:uk wishes to be clear about our contingency arrangements.

If a further lock-down prevents us from going ahead as planned, then the event will take place online at the same time/date free of charge.

Your conference fee will be refunded in full to your payment card by Eventbrite, who hold all the funds in Eskrow, and union-coops:uk will send you details of how to join online.

Other refunds

If you choose to cancel for any reason up until 7 days before the event you may do so, and your conference fee will be credited back to your payment card less Eventbrite's fee (approximately 9% of the total)