Earthworker Cooperative brings together people on common ground for direct action to solve the social and environmental problems faced by local communities and the planet. Earthworker is working to provide local, sustainable, wealth-creating jobs for prosperous local communities, a healthy planet and a safe climate.
Working for ourselves. Working for each other. Working for the earth
Earthworker’s mission is to establish a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia. We believe social and environmental exploitation are intertwined, and that the problems of climate change, job insecurity and growing inequality must be tackled simultaneously, through greater grassroots economic democracy.
Cooperation before competition: a better way of doing business
Around the world, worker cooperatives are successfully showing how to create sustainable jobs that meet social and environmental needs. Earthworker’s mission is see Australia catch up. Along with our work to establish the nation’s first worker-owned green manufacturer, we are supporting cooperative startups including the Redgum Cleaning Cooperative and ventures investigating aquaculture and craft brewing.
Leading the way for a just transition
Earthworker’s pilot project is in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, where the closure of coal power stations will further hurt a community already suffering high unemployment. In Morwell we are supporting the establishment of Australia’s first worker cooperative in clean-tech manufacturing. By making solar-powered hot water systems and other components, the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative is a proactive response to manufacturing decline, unemployment and climate change.
Earthworker is committed to:
- Building solutions to climate change and a just transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy
- Local manufacturing, local job creation, with opportunities for First Nations People.
- Providing affordable renewable energy options for households to reduce their energy usage and power bills.
- Quality education and training in manufacturing for young people
- A proportion of surplus provided for social justice projects
- Provision of quality housing, child care, health, education and other social products for the co-operative workforce