Monthly Archives: January 2010

#20 Payment Solidarity

The Mondragon Co-operatives maintain the concept of wage solidarity. From the beginning, the ratio of the highest paid position (manager) and the lowest paid (new worker) was locked at 3:1. In the 80’s this changed and today there are some … Continue reading

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#19 Participatory Management

The next principle from Mondragon is that of Participatory Management. This seems like a no-brainer for worker co-operatives. What is the point of going through all the work of setting up a worker co-op if the workers don’t actually have … Continue reading

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#18 The Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital

“We do not aspire to economic development as an end, but as a means.” –Don José María Arizmendiarrieta, spiritual founder of Mondragon This Mondragon principle, in practice, operates more closely to the Identity Statement principle of Member Economic Participation. I … Continue reading

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Going International and Other Updates

The Workers’ Paradise has a new contributing author on board. John A. Atherton from the United Kingdom has offered to cross post his blogs from UK Worker Co-operatives on this site to help reach co-operators in the US. We often … Continue reading

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#17 Sovereignty of Labor (Mondragon Priniciples)

The Mondragon principle “Sovereignty of Labor” created departure from the cooperative movement. While the Rochdale Pioneers had good intentions, they abandoned worker cooperation in the 1870’s. The Fabian Socialist moved even further from the ideals of Robert Owen declaring consumerism … Continue reading

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