The Worker Co-operative Movements in Italy, Mondragon and France: Context, Success Factors and Lessons

TitleThe Worker Co-operative Movements in Italy, Mondragon and France: Context, Success Factors and Lessons
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCorcoran, H, Wilson, D
Abstract

environment, availability of federation support, and the context for the worker co-op
movements in each of Italy, Mondragon (Spain) and France. These three countries or
regions have the largest, most dynamic worker co-op movements in the world. To grow a
large worker co-op movement, a system of supports is required to enable the transfer of
appropriate knowledge to many people, in addition to having access to worker coop-friendly
sources of capital. Although there were some success factors in each region which could not
be easily replicated in other places and although there were significant differences among
regions, there were many common elements contributing to the success of the worker co-op
movement in all three places. These were: (1) sufficient capital accessible to worker co-ops;
(2) technical assistance provided to worker co-ops in the start-up phase; (3) a mandatory
indivisible reserve, at least for those “mostly mutual” worker co-ops which were able to
receive government support; (4) significant federation and consortia structures which
support, guide, direct, and help educate the worker co-operatives; (5) significant
concentrations by industry; (6) a strong sense of solidarity and inter-cooperation; and (7)
scale: having achieved a size and strength to enable the worker co-op movements to be
taken seriously by governments, the broader co-operative sector, etc.

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