International Journal of Labour Research

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013

An Emerging Solidarity: Worker Cooperatives, Unions, and the New Union Cooperative Model in the United States
If we were to re-imagine what work and the workplace should look like, what businesses should look like, what would that be? We might think of small businesses and people who are self-employed. We might think of work as something we are proud of and...
Editorial
Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives.1 The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around...
The Experience of SYNDICOOP in Africa: A Model for Trade Union Action?
IntroductionSYNDICOOP was a project which operated in Africa from 2002 to 2006, aimed at improving the working and living conditions of unprotected informal economy workers through collaboration of trade unions and cooperatives. The project covered Rwanda,...
Trade Unions and Cooperatives: The Experience of CICOPA-Mercosur
This article is based on the experience of the Mercosur sections of the International Organization of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers' Cooperatives (CICOPA-Mercosur). In particular, it focuses on the Argentinian experience, while describing...
Trade Unions and Worker Cooperatives in Europe: A Win-Win Relationship: Maximizing Social and Economic Potential in Worker Cooperatives
The European Union's ten-year growth strategy is calling on social economy enterprises, particularly cooperatives, to contribute actively to the overall aim of achieving "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" by 2020 (European Commission, 2010a and...
Trade Union Support for Labour Cooperatives: An Experiment in Cooperation between Brazil and Canada
The Confederation of National Trade Unions (Confédération des syndicats nationaux - CSN) in Quebec, Canada has promoted the creation of a group of autonomous organizations aiming at socially responsible economic development. The mission of these organizations...
Workers' Cooperatives in Argentina: The Self-Administered Workers' Association
This article examines the development of the Self-administered Workers' Association (Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Autogestionados - ANTA) within the Workers' Confederation of Argentina (Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina - CTA). ANTA is an...