Why the co-operative movement is 150 years out of date

ISBE member argues that co-operative businesses have been consistently ‘losing their edge’ since 1844 because their cost of membership is too low.


ISBE member, and long-standing supporter of co-operative businesses, Adrian Ashton suggests that the reason many co-operatives may be increasingly struggling to engage their members in their governance, is because that they’ve not kept up with inflation and cost of living increases in their membership fees – if they had, the true cost of joining a co-operative today should be nearly a full month’s gross wages!



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