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Co-operatives UK backs plans to encourage employee-controlled businesses in public sector supply chains

Policy campaign

7th September 2019
Last updated
7th November 2020
Policy issue
Worker ownership
Manufacturing - illustration

We welcome the change in direction government proposed in this consultation. We make suggestions throughout our consultation response and asked government to particularly look at:

  • The need to recognise and support the worker co-operative model, alongside employee trusts, as a proven vehicle for giving employees ownership; and to recognise it as the only model that provides significant employee control by default
  • The need to promote more democratic uses of the employee trust model
  • The need to recognise that mutuality, member benefit and social purpose often combine
  • The need to recognise the provision of decent, empowering work and shared wealth as a clear social purpose
Consultation on the future definition of public service mutuals