In the run-up to next month’s general election, the main party leaders are advocating about a stronger economy, giving power to the people and ending austerity.
These talking points are the strength of co-operatives. Despite a short election cycle, this month is the chance to get prospective MPs to commit to the co-operative way of business. A commitment we will ensure future parliamentarians will remember.
Co-operatives UK is telling parties how co-ops can bring an inclusive economy to life.
It says co-ops give workers ownership and control over their workplace; help communities deal with challenges and support the economy through co-operation, such as agriculture.
Across the social business sphere, the messages are similar.
- The Employee Ownership Association says worker-owned organisations should be central to the next government’s industrial strategy.
- Social Enterprise UK says social businesses transforms people’s lives and communities.
- The Co-operative Party makes a case for a co-operative economy that shares power and wealth.
- Wales Co-operative Centre says co-ops are the choice to strengthen local economies.
Whatever your party colour this election, hold your candidates to account for the co-op way.