THE CO-OPERATIVE DIFFERENCE

As the political  party of the co-operative movement, we believe that things work best when ordinary people have a voice, and when services are accountable to the people who use them.Democratic, public ownership of the services and utilities we all rely on. Tackling the housing crisis through co-operative housing. Fans having a say in their sports club. Credit unions as an alternative to rip-off payday lenders. Shops owned by their customers that give back to the community.

(Jonathan Reynolds MP, speaking about the Co-op Party at Huddersfield Labour Party.)

Whether in government or opposition, for a century the Co-operative Party has been a voice for co-operative values and principles in the places where decisions are taken, and laws are made.  Visit the national website here.   And the Facebook Page here.

Co-operative principles don’t stop at the shopfront.

As co-operators, we believe that the principles that lie behind successful co-operatives – democratic control by customers and workers, and a fair share of the wealth we create together – ought to extend to the wider economy and our society.

The Party’s policy platform draws on the experience of our members, subscribing societies and our wider movement, with an opportunity to feed into it at each year’s Annual Conference.

When do we meet?

Huddersfield Co-operative Party meets at 7.15pm on the 3rd Tuesday in each month at Huddersfield Fire Station, Outcote Bank, HUDDERSFIELD, HD1 2JT.

 CO-OP PARTY CURRENT CAMPAIGNS – MODERN SLAVERY

What is modern slavery?

Modern Slavery is one of the great evils of our time and it’s happening under our noses.   In nail bars, car washes, farms, factories and restaurants, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people in the UK could be victims.

The term ‘Modern Slavery’ captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together. These include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Domestic servitude
  • Forced labour
  • Criminal exploitation

Other forms of exploitation including organ removal, forced begging, forced benefit fraud, forced marriage and illegal adoption.  In short Modern Slavery is where traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Modern Slavery can affect adults and children, and last year 51% of victims were female and 49% male. 15% of victims were referred for domestic servitude; and there are now more victims exploited for labour than those who had been trafficked for sex. *

It affects foreign nationals, but many of those exploited are from the UK and exploited within this country. In 2016 the third largest victim group came from the UK.

There are very different estimates of the scale of the problem

  • Estimated 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013
  • Estimated 136,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2016
John Drewery, Huddersfield Co-op Secretary

In order to respond  to this growing and menacing threat , Huddersfield Labour Party called on Kirklees Council to sign up to the Co-op Party’s Modern Slavery Charter and  take a number of practical steps to prevent its advance – see below.

For more information, please contact John  Drewery, (pictured here speaking at Huddersfield Labour Party) Huddersfield Branch Secretary on 07946 913703, or e-mail jmdrewery@talktalk.net.

* Figure source: Global Slavery Index 2018

 

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