by John Bellers
Introduction by Ken Coates
During the lifetime of the Labour Government which was elected in October 1974, the only experiment in industrial democracy to assume a tangible and practical form, was the creation of a number of workers’ co-operatives, under the auspices of the Department of Industry, at the time that it was headed by Tony Benn.
Against great odds, in difficult commercial circumstances, and facing strong Civil Service opposition, the three co-operatives struggled on as long as they could. The First to die was the Scottish Daily News. Its story is documented in a book published by the Institute for Workers’ Control, The New Worker Co-operatives.