Birmingham City Council ‘invites’ school support staff to set up co-op

Iron Angle in the Birmingham Post has a quite extraordinary story here which suggests that around 4,000 council staff are being encouraged to start a co-op:

More than 4,000 staff, mainly low-paid women, are to be invited to set up their own workers’ co-operative in an attempt to challenge the private sector in the apparently cut-throat business of providing school meals, cleaning classrooms, caretaking, music lessons and outdoor learning activities.

If anyone knows more about this please comment here. Co-operativesUK would also very much like to know more. However hard it might be to make such a thing work, the staff involved are quite unlikely to have any other options left open to them and will need all the help they can get.

  1. Tamy Matanky Reply

    Hi

    We are following this up as we have some resource through the Co-op Enterprise Hub to support this sort of activity.

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