Conference update

wf4Jeremy Corbyn’s Co-operative Proposals for the Public Sector to be Debated at Ways Forward Conference in Manchester on January 21st.

Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, will join with Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato, Fire Brigades Union leader, Matt Wrack, PCS Deputy General Secretary, Chris Baugh, Co-ops UK’s Ed Mayo and financial writer, Frances Coppola, at the open conference. They will debate the new Labour leader’s exciting proposals for the public sector to be run on co-operative lines rather than by government bureaucrats or private profit.

Focusing on the issue of the railways, in July, Corbyn told Co-operative News “I want the railways back in public ownership. But public control should mean just that, not simply state control: so we should have passengers, rail workers and government too, co-operatively running the railways to ensure they are run in our interests and not for private profit.”

However, given the catastrophic recent crises at the Co-operative Bank and Group, which led to the Bank and parts of the Group being sold to the private sector, there is a huge job before the labour and co-operative movement to ensure that governance avoids the bureaucratic mismanagement that so failed for Britain’s flagship co-operative.

The aim of conference organisers, Co-operative Business Consultants is to provide a catalyst by bringing together the key stakeholders, workers, co-operators and politicians, to shape the alternative to austerity policies and bring forward solutions that will dominate economic discussion for the foreseeable future.

Workshops will hear speakers from co-ops, such as FC United and Suma, and trade unions, such as Unison and the NUT, and debate various topics including Combatting Management Capture, Workers Control and Management, Railway Renationalisation, Co-ops in the Global Economy and New Co-ops in the Public Sector. There will also be a special case study workshop on Rojava in war torn Syria where a de facto state, mainly comprised of 2 million Kurds, is rebuilding on co-operative lines.

The “Building An Economy To Serve People And Not Profit” conference will take place in Manchester on Thursday 21st January (10am-4pm) in the Central Hall.
Admission (including lunch and refreshments) is £45.00

For further details, or contact Phil 07901 338700

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