How worker cooperatives deal with tensions?

Luc Audebrand is a professor at Laval University (Quebec City). His research focuses on managing tensions in worker coops and, in this paper called “Expanding the scope of paradox scholarship on social enterprise: the case for (re)introducing worker cooperatives”, he describes the main tensions in worker coops and ways to deal with these tensions.

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International Day of Cooperatives: Sustainable societies through cooperation

On 7 July 2018, cooperators around the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives. Through the slogan “Sustainable societies through cooperation” we will show how, thanks to our values, principles and governance structures, cooperatives have sustainability and resilience at their core, with concern for community as the seventh of their guiding principles.

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CALL FOR PARTNERS: Asia-Pacific Research on Work & Ownership in Coops

CICOPA, on a close collaboration with the ICA Asia-Pacific, will launch in May 2018 a joint research initiative on “Exploring Work & Ownership in Cooperatives”. The research main objective is to better understand the diversity of cooperative models in the industry and service sector for the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative is now launching a call for partners, and CICOPA would like to invite its members from the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

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“The SEWA Way”: a New Report with the ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published on their website a new summary of the report “Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way” which aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE enterprises in empowering women workers in the informal economy with a specific focus on the experience of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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CICOPA and ICA-AP Meeting in Sri Lanka on Building a Worker Cooperative Network in the Region

The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference (APCDC) was organized on the theme Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 27-28 Feb 2018. CICOPA was present at the conference aimed to create structured exchange and development partnerships among cooperatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development.

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Cooperatives of Freelancers in Spain

The issue of “freelancers” cooperatives in Spain is a controversial one. Partly because the function and objective of worker cooperatives (democratic governance, solidarity, mutual support, cooperativization of work…) are confused with a series of false cooperatives; that only give the possibility for self-employed to invoice, paying less taxes. A legal loophole that is now in question.

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IVEY CASES on Business Management include a case study on worker cooperatives and CICOPA

Ivey Publishing, of the Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, is leader in providing business case studies worldwide. The 2017 article and teaching material mention CICOPA several times, can be utilized in group work, training and teaching, and is fun! It highlights issues of growth through diversification and the need for conflict resolution tools in cooperatives in general and worker cooperatives in particular.

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Cooperative Care

In 2004 in the city of Mar del Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, a program on Domiciliary Care was created, covering the subject of elderly, disabled and chronically ill. Something new for the Argentinian society: to think about the elderly and the representation of old age.

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