ENLISTING WORKERS TO RESTRUCTURE BUSINESS

Preserving Jobs and Businesses in Challenging Times

Workers jobs are threatened as never before due to the worldwide economic downturn brought on by the COVAD 19 pandemic. Over the last sixty years, the booms and busts of capitalism have driven workers to demonstrate solidarity and stage initiatives to acquire the threatened company they work in to keep it operating. These have been termed worker buyouts or employee buyouts depending on the culture. From a Christian viewpoint, this has its roots in the encyclical Rerum Novarum, and its emphasis on justice, workers rights, the dignity of work and the principle of subsidiarity – decisions are to be made by those who have to carry them out. The famous worker cooperative Mondragon Co-operative Corporation in Catholic Spain was initiated by the Catholic priest Father Arizmendiarreta and has become a pilgrimage thousands take to understand the Christian business model of sharing in ownership, decision making and profits.

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COMMUNITY WEALTH BUILDING

What is Community Wealth Building?

My interpretation of the big picture:

• Re-making our local economy, creating a strong, resilient community with trust-based relationships, local connections, individual community champions, reserves of human capital and volunteer effort.

• Working with “anchor institutions” with the aim of maximising local economic, environmental and social benefits from their spending on goods, works and services.

• “Clawing back” wealth with local import replacement and recycling of local income thereby stemming the leakage of revenue from the Hawkesbury.

Why care about Building Community Wealth?

• This is about the dignity and sense of worth of our local community; of their relevance; of their well-being and their productive and useful place in the economy.

• Creating a fairer and more sustainable economy that retains and builds wealth that adds social value from within.

• This is a practical agenda to address real, local economic stresses.

• This is a “bottom-up” approach

Why now?

• Our regions have Read more