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Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine an economy without bosses. It’s not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms—companies in which workers share in management and ownership—shows that, compared to standard top-down firms
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Jobseekers should join 'sharing economy', government report recommends - The Independent

Jobseekers should join 'sharing economy', government report recommends - The Independent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An independent report commissioned by the British Government and led by a startup CEO has recommended that jobseekers should be encouraged to sign up to ‘sharing economy’ startups, among other measures to support the burgeoning industry in the UK.
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Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For the new worker-owners of the Island Employee Cooperative, the transformation into a co-op will create profound changes in their lives.
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Organized Labor, Public Banks and the Grassroots: Keys to a Worker-Owned Economy

Organized Labor, Public Banks and the Grassroots: Keys to a Worker-Owned Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Worker-owned cooperatives build economic democracy. But how do we build more worker-owned cooperatives?
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Latest Articles on workerscontrol.net | workerscontrol.net

Latest Articles on workerscontrol.net | workerscontrol.net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This site aims to be a virtual open library for the collection and access to documentation and theoretical essays on past and current experiences of workers’ control. The fact that workers have at different times and in different geographical locations taken control, often spontaneously, of their work environment and started production, has a political and theoretical relevance that transcends the workplace and the organisation of production, configuring an alternative way of governing societies. 
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Workplace Democracy and Democratic Ownership -- Richard Wolff & Gar Alperovitz

"Workplace Democracy and Democratic Ownership: moving from theory to strategy". Richard Wolff and Gar Alperovitz at Left Forum, 2013.
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Book of the Day: Workers Control from the Commune to the Present | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: Workers Control from the Commune to the Present | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Much recent discussion and scholarship has gone into dissecting the decline in the strength of the working class in the United States. For the most part, the emphasis has been on the steady weakening of trade unions and on excavating why union officials have been unwilling to attempt new forms of resistance. In such a context, discussions of workers control of the means of production—how it might look, what about it has succeeded and failed in the past, its relationship to revolutionary change—may seem a stretch. But maybe not. For perhaps what the U.S. working class needs as much as anything is to explore alternatives not only to neoliberalism but to traditional unionism, even that of the social movement type.

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Italy 1920: When 600,000 workers seized control of their workplaces

Tom Wetzel details the Italian Factory Occupations of 1920, which matured beyond conventional trade unionism and at its height involved about 600,000 workers. This article was originally presented as a talk at the Conference on Workers' Self-Organization in St. Louis in 1988.
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Workers of Europe’s self-managed factories gather in Marseille | ROAR Magazine

Workers of Europe’s self-managed factories gather in Marseille | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Workers, activists and academics gather at the occupied and self-managed Fralib factory in Marseille for Europe’s first “Workers’ Economy” meeting.
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Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?* | Grassroots Economic Organizing

Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?* | Grassroots Economic Organizing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

DARIO: The importance of this wide range of worker control experiences rests in its showing that during the past one hundred years workers have occupied their workplaces and started democratically controlled and self-managed production enterprises in almost all regions of the world. Under all forms of political rule, workers have struggled for participation in the decision-making processes of the enterprises they work in, and have attempted to develop forms of co- and self-management, or workers’ control; they have founded cooperatives and councils as a genuine expression and manifestation of their historical and material interests. In the early twentieth century, workers tried to gain control over production in social and socialist revolutions like those in Russia or Spain, and under state socialism as in Poland or Hungary; they did so as well in anti-colonial struggles and democratic revolutions in Portugal, Indonesia and Algeria. This form of worker control was present in labor struggles against capitalist restructuring in the last third of the twentieth century in Great Britain, Italy, Canada, and elsewhere; and it manifested itself strongly as an instrument of workers and communities contending against the consequences of global capitalist crises since the 1990’s, in Argentina, most of Latin America, and as well in India and some European countries.

 

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