My FaceBook response to the US Steelworkers/Mondragon Agreement announcement was as follows:
This is incomparably the most exciting positive news story I've seen in a very long time. The massive complex of worker-owned manufacturing, retail, financial and civil engineering co-operatives at Mondragon in the Basque region of Spain is reflective of an integrated industrial and political philosophy that has lessons for all of us, not least here in Australia. My 1999 book 'Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stakeholder Society' - long since sold out its Australian and European editions and only very recently back in print in a US Distributist Review Press edition that's available through Amazon.com - is about where the ideas behind Mondragon came from, how the system works and the reasons for its stunning success. And I'm currently writing about how something similar might have been achieved in Australia, and why it didn't happen. Is it too much to hope that, now the US Steelworkers have shown the way, individual unions, Trades and Labour Councils and the Australian Council of Trade Unions will sit up and take notice? And might not Kim Carr, Martin Ferguson and other federal Ministers detour in the course of their overseas travel for a visit to Mondragon, and see for themselves what it has to offer us?