Conference – May 2022

Sponsored by BFAWU, MU, and Co-operative Ways Forward

Had enough of Zoomathons?
Want to get to meet colleagues face to face, chat, enjoy a drink, put the world to rights?
Want to learn more about how unions and worker co-ops can work together for decent work and an end to our current employment miseries?

Join us at union-coops:uk‘s first face to face conference at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield, “the worker’s stately home” on May 20th/21st 2022, and we’ve a great line-up of speakers:-

  • Sarah Woolley (Gen Sec BFAWU)
  • David Barnard (MU)Cheryl Barrott (Co-op Party)
  • Miguel Martinez-Lucio (University of Manchester)
  • Ian Manborde (Equality & Diversity Organiser – Equity)
  • Ian Wilson (CASE)
  • Sion Whellens (Workers Co-op Council)
  • Anita Mangan (Bristol University)
  • Cath Muller
  • Cilla Ross
  • Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture)
  • Fredy Velez (BFAWU Suma)

And via a live video link from USA:-

  • Michael Peck (1worker1vote) (USA)
  • Kevin O’Brien (Worx Printing) (USA)
  • Ellen Vera (Coop Cincy) (USA)
  • Ra Criscitiello (SEIU-UHW) (USA)
  • Erik Forman (The Drivers’ Coop – TDC in NYC)
  • Steve Sleigh (The Drivers’ Coop – TDC in NYC)

Bookings for the conference are now open at:-

Subjects discussed will include:-

  • What can we do to promote democracy in the workplace?
  • Do we have to accept the gig economy and precarity? 
  • Is there a way of creating decent work?
  • What can union activists do to fight for decent work and democracy?
  • How can workers get control over our daily working lives?
The economy and society are in crisis. Is there anything we can do about unemployment, food poverty, empty commercial properties in our towns and cities, and the disappearance of services?
To explore solidarity economy solutions to these questions, join us for an interactive workshop on Union Co-ops at Wortley Hall, South Yorkshire on 20th/21st May 2022.
The event will combine guest speakers from trades unions and worker co-ops with interactive, hands on workshops where you will have an opportunity to discuss the ideas in the Union Co-op Manifesto


As before, a limited number of bursaries will be made available to individuals who are unwaged or in insecure low paid employment. Details at