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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“Global Study on Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship”

The “Global Study on Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship” is based on a survey involving 64 youth cooperatives in the five continents. It shows how – in a world of work deeply reshaped by demographic changes, globalization, technological innovations and youth unemployment – cooperatives can be a concrete tool in the hands of young people for improving their work and entrepreneurship conditions.

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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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Assessing the Worldwide Contribution of Cooperatives to Healthcare

IHCO, the International Health Cooperative Organisation, published its “Cooperative Health Report 2018”  with EURICSE, the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises. The report unveils what is the contribution of cooperatives to the global health and why cooperatives are well-equipped with competitive advantages for the health sector.

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Cooperatives and the Future of Work

“The question of the future of work is above all a question of power and ownership. It is a question the cooperative movement seeks practical answers for, every day, in neighbourhoods, cities and regions”. An Opinion by Sion Whellens, Vice-president of CECOP.

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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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