Worker Cooperatives are democratically-run enterprises which have been proven through many studies to be more sustainable than traditional, capitalist-owner enterprises.
Because the people who own the business are those that work in the business, they have several advantages to capitalist, top-down enterprises:
- More likely to keep work in the community where the business is based (and not offshore jobs), as the owners have a direct interest in the community (as they live there)
- A fair and equitable distribution of profit, therefore enriching local communities instead of shareholders
- As every worker is also an owner, this brings true democracy and democratic values to the workplace, where adults spend most of their lives.
Cooperatives should be the new standard in business organization. Let's have Canada lead the way!