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COVID-19 emergency forces changes to July 2020 conference weekend

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have had to make substantial changes to our upcoming All Our Own Work weekend, originally scheduled for the first weekend in July 2020. The 150th anniversary of the founding of one of Britain’s most successful early worker-led co-operatives will continue to be celebrated, albeit not with events and exhibitions in its home town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire as originally intended.  Instead, the organising committee has taken the decision to move key activities online.

The changes are as follows:

Evening lecture, Fri July 3rd, 7.30 – 9pm

Reassessing the early productive cooperatives: worker democracy then and now

This evening lecture by local co-operator Andrew Bibby , is being organised under the auspices of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies. The lecture will now be run as an online webinar.

For more details and to book your free place at the webinar lecture, see the UK Society for Co-operative Studies website.

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On-line webinar, Sat July 4th: (UN Day of Co-operatives), 10am – 12 noon

All Our Own Work: building worker democracy

Co-operatives UK have kindly agreed to co-host this webinar. To book your free place at this Zoom webinar, please visit our Co-operatives UK’s event page

This event originally was originally scheduled as a full day of conference and workshops and a social event in the evening. Unfortunately, we have been unable to run the workshops and evening event, but the original plenary session, chaired by Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible, will go ahead as an on-line webinar.

Participants will be invited to discuss how, as we seek to rebuild our economy and our society after coronavirus, we can restructure our businesses in ways which offer genuine worker engagement and democracy. The video conference will take place from 10am until noon, and participation will be free.

Four keynote speakers will set the scene:

  • Diana Dovgan is Secretary General of CECOP, the European confederation of industrial and service co-operatives, and will be joining the event from Brussels. Diana will share the work which CECOP has recently undertaken in several European countries, looking at possible cooperative answer to non-standard employment, freelance and precarious working.
  • Alice Martin is an author whose latest book, on trade union renewal and worker democracy, is due out this Autumn. She undertakes research for PIRC, the corporate governance advisory agency for pension funds, and is an associate fellow of the New Economics Foundation.
  • Molly Scott Cato is an academic specialising in green economics, who is also an environmental and community activist. Previously Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Roehampton, she is well known in co-operative circles for her work in co-operative studies. From 2014 until 2020 she was a MEP, representing the Green Party.
  • John McDonnell is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington since 1997. A member of the Labour Party, he served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn from 2015 to 2020.

Co-operatives UK have kindly agreed to co-host this webinar. To book your free place at this Zoom webinar, please visit our Co-operatives UK’s event page

Depending on the exact nature of the lockdown measures in early July, we also hope to be able to host our traditional laying of flowers on the graves of local co-operators, J.C.Gray and Joseph Greenwood- watch this space.