Conference ’21

Bookings are open for “Decent Work & Democracy”

A conference on union-coops at 
Wortley Hall, South Yorkshire on 1-2 October 2021

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  • 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?
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 1-2 October 2021. 
The event combines 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

Book now for Early Bird savings at

A limited number of bursaries are available to individuals under 30 who are unwaged or in insecure low paid employment. Details at

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

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

The full conference runs 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.

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.