Conference ’21

“Decent Work & Democracy”

Due to the increasing Covid19 infection rate, the organising committee have decided to postpone this event until spring 2022

Our conference on union-coops at 
Wortley Hall, South Yorkshire will be rescheduled in the spring of 2022, but in the meantime we will be organising a series of online events starting Oct 2nd

The first online event in the series is:-

“union-coops stateside”

Oct 2nd 2021at 11.00am BST  with Michael Peck (1worker:1vote – USA), Ra Criscitiello (Service Employees International Union), Kristen Barker & Ellen Vera (Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative) and Kevin O’Brien

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

A single ticket booking, available now, free of charge, will get you access to all the online events in this series. A donation towards our costs would be most appreciated, but is not a requirement. 

When booking please choose either “donation ticket” or “free ticket”.

Our second event is planned to be in November 2021 – (Date/time to be confirmed) with Colm Massey (Solidarity Economy Association) and trade union and co-operative colleagues direct from Rojava (North & East Syria)

If you book in advance you will automatically be updated with dates/times of future events in the series, and this will also help us plan for the number of attendees.
Book at:-
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-events-series-tickets-178607739557 

Our face to face conference is rescheduled to next year – 17/18 June 2022

Bookings will re-open once the date and other details have been confirmed

Subjects discussed will include:-

  • How can we ‘build back better’ after Covid-19?
  • 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?
  • How can we ‘build back better’ after Covid-19?
  • 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?

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)
  • David Barnard (MU)
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 17-18 June 2022 (provisional date tbc). 
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
 https://union-coops.uk/about/

As before, a limited number of bursaries will be made available to individuals under 30 who are unwaged or in insecure low paid employment. Details at https://union-coops.uk/bursaries-2/

Join us for 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

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

The full conference will run from Friday evening 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.

24 hour delegate tickets will be available at only £160 

Day delegate places are £40.