TrackBack URI. The Mondragon Corporation was founded in 1956 by a collection of workers working in a disused factory producing oil-fired heating and cooking stoves from sheet metal. He saw the war as a tragedy and hoped to find a way to achieve class peace in his homeland, especially in the Basque country, a traditional bastion of worker and nationalist militancy. In a mythical market-socialist society are workers self-exploited and if so is this a necessary evil or would it inevitably lead to the recreation of capitalist social relations? In 1993, the Guardian reported that Mondragon, the “darling of Western universities’ sociology departments in the 1970s, has been radically restructured in preparation for the European Single Market.”, It stated that “increased salary differentials, advertising campaigns in Fortune and co-operate alliances with companies like Hotpoint have had many co-op workers wondering whether in the new Mondragon Cooperative Corporation some members are more equal than others.”. mid-1980s it had become apparent to Mondragon’s that many of its products were Interesting article. Cooperatives are a living demonstration that “another world is possible”. then Mondragon etc. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” 5. Mondragon Corp Cooperativa Mondragon Corporation Cooperativa operates as a holding company. Mondragon Corporation (MC) is the most successful business group in the Basque Country, and the seventh largest in Spain; as a cooperative group it is unique in the world (Mondragon Corporation 2010). Somehow I failed to see how the capitalist ruling class would allow such a process to unfold peacefully. Kasmir conducted  poll of workers at Mayc, a private company in Mondragon, and at Fagor Clima, a co-op of comparable size that turned out similar products. Carl Davidson, an SDS leader in the 60s who has moved in a social democratic direction in recent years, wrote: …the USW initiative, and the potential clout behind it, puts the Mondragon vision on wider terrain. A division of labor exists, Mondragon does not have unlimited capital, and if you are manufacturing commodities for the existing capitalist economy, all kinds of constraints are placed on you. It’s a matter of self-organization as a principle, and the expansion of ethics, “treating people as you wish to be treated”, so to speak, in the constitution of the governance of a collective. On 14 April 1997, the MONDRAGON server is born on the Internet. opened new plants in Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, Argentina, Thailand and China. As for a coherent plan, fuggedaboutit. The corporation president, Antonio Cancelo explained: “Our clients cannot guarantee us steady workloads, so we have to have a number of people on temporary contracts. He also describes communities that out of necessity, had lived this way for generations. Posted by 2 years ago. ... A very good article in the context of criticism of the contemporary economics. The question of the class struggle is phrased, for Arizmendiaretta, as the question of how to overcome it, urgently. If the workers are, to whatever extent, in control of the means of production, why would there be class struggle? Comment by Steve Philion — June 26, 2012 @ 3:02 am. Also I have some qüestions on some aspects of your text: Which union is Basque Worker Council? Bailouts for Wall Street and foreclosures for everybody else. It is the largest cooperative in the world. I would love to understand your point of view so that I can learn more and see what else I may be missing. As with other globally competitive capitalist corporations we’ve seen CONTACT INFORMATION . Tell them about the cooperativism! r/media_criticism: Content and discussions on the flaws, propaganda, and general bull$#!t in the media. Of every €100 of wealth generated in the Basque Country, €4.50 is because of the activity of the Corporation’s companies. Comment by purple — December 7, 2009 @ 9:27 am. AMA. Jose Luis Lafuente, Mondragon's Corporate Management Model specialist Some things speak for themselves: "Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa or the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation (MCC) is a business-based socioeconomic initiative with deep roots in the Basque Country, created for and by people and inspired by the Basic Principles of our Co-operative Experience. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The problem is that the “members” can exploit people who are “non-members/contractors”. At the end of 1998, MONDRAGON represents 3.1% of employment, 4.5% of GDP and 9.3% of exports of the Basque Country economy. Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA See all articles by this author. They are accountable to their workers and the communities in which they operate, not just to the dictates of the market. It is an authoritarian corporation!) It was established by a Catholic priest, Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta (JMA), … Despite the fact that everybody is an “owner”, the blue-collar workers on the assembly line do not feel that they have that much of a stake in the company. SUSCRIBE. Nucor, a steel company, distributes dividends to shareholders AND a percentage of the profits to the employees. Bosses there fired a dozen workers shortly after the National Labor Relations Act passed in 1935. The USW is just like every other powerful union. Its first product was paraffin heaters.It is the tenth-largest Spanish company in terms of asset turnover and the leading business group in the Basque Country. Change ). Comment by Rudolf Rocker — December 6, 2009 @ 11:24 pm. While the Mondragon cooperatives were taking shape, leftwing politics in Basque country proceeded on a separate track. Comment by louisproyect — December 7, 2009 @ 3:47 pm. A critical analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and potentialities of the model. Judith Hitchman, November 2008 Languages : français - Español - Português. ( Log Out /  I was referring to LAB. By deed instead of by argument, they have shown that production on a large scale, and in accord with the behests of modern science, may be carried on without the existence of a class of masters employing a class of hands; that to bear fruit, the means of labor need not be monopolized as a means of dominion over, and of extortion against, the laboring man himself; and that, like slave labor, like serf labor, hired labor is but a transitory and inferior form, destined to disappear before associated labor plying its toil with a willing hand, a ready mind, and a joyous heart. Mr Proyect isn’t an “unrepentant Marxist.” He clearly isn’t a Marxist at all. It would also have a ripple effect, likely to spur other government and private efforts to both supplement and compete with it. Centro Corporativo de MONDRAGON Pº Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta nº 5 20500 Mondragón – Gipuzkoa – Spain Tel: +34 943 779 300. info@mondragoncorporation.com MONDRAGON headquarter Most recently, the USW was a major participant in the week-long series of events making the oppositional case at the G20 events in Pittsburgh. With the encouragement of International President Leo Gerard, following on the anti-WTO street battles in Seattle in the 1990s, the USW helped found the Blue-Green Alliance together with the Sierra Club and other environmentalists. The value of these great social experiments cannot be overrated. Mondragón Corporation is an extraordinary 80,000-person grouping of worker -owned cooperatives based in Spain’s Basque region that is teaching the world how to move the ideas of worker -ownership and cooperation into high gear and large scale. Meanwhile, those in more skilled or management positions tended to be happier in both places. As far as unskilled workers at co-ops feelings and having to deal with the market economy – you seem to be expecting the same kind of miracle you allude to when you talked about the idea of the diffusion of coops over all of production. After all, with persuasion – the system works, right? We understand that equality is not absolute and that the issue is better understood as equity – respecting difference instead of stomping on it. I can recognize this blog very well for all the efforts made by writers to deliver well and standard information.สรรพคุณเห็ดหลินจือแดง, I am glad that I saw this post. ( Log Out /  BTW – Franco got coopted by Mondragon, not the other way around. ( Log Out /  Consistent with market socialism schemas that were popular at the time, Mondragon-style cooperatives were seen as liberated territory that would diffuse out into the rest of the economy until it had become totally transformed. Comment by tgmac — December 9, 2009 @ 7:16 am. I’ve often thought that co-ops could be a transitional method of teaching workers about enterprise, but as pointed out in the article there are inherent conflicts and contradictions. I thank you for the very interesting critique, which is a good segway into reading “The Myth of Mondragon”. Maybe lifelong training and cross over job activity might also empower workers; while allowing those satisfied with their tasks to just get on with their jobs. I was recently made a member of an industrial cooperative member of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on some of the underlying theoretical issues brought up by the idea of co-ops as a transitional device toward market socialism: Are workers in Mondragon self-exploiting, is there exploitation of some workers by others, or are they exploited by international capital? The movement of movements would see the co-op movement as a natural ally – people who are not theorizing, but actively demonstrating that workers can control the means of production, and thrive. On September 16th Gerard informed Huffington Post readers: The Obama administration fails to fawn over the affluent. Joxe Aruzmendi, Arizmendi’s biographer, characterized the priest’s views as follows: At the root of the class struggle can be found the myth of revolution, faith in violence, etc., that in the opinion of Arizmendiaretta characterize the twentieth century, and that he summarily rejects. We need a new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.”, Josu Ugarte, President of MONDGRAGON Internacional added: “What we are announcing today represents a historic first – combining the world’s largest industrial worker cooperative with one of the world’s most progressive and forward-thinking manufacturing unions to work together so that our combined know-how and complimentary visions can transform manufacturing practices in North America.”. such as shift work (10). The largest worker cooperative in the world, Mondragon Corporation based in the Basque region of Spain, best exemplifies this claim. I just disregard these types of armchair complaints as soon as I hear them. Mondragon cooperatives The Experience The legacy of the past and present of the Mondragon cooperative experience, capitalised through an inmense experience and knowledge accumulated during these years, offers the opportunity to share it through unique educational offers and research areas. company. “Inside Out” 6. to replace the rote and alienating line work Taylorism had brought. Then there is the other line of thinking which exists today- the movement of movements. As far as your words about cooperatives not directly increasing the class struggle, why would they? A workers co-op delivering social services to its members, this is class struggle in action! Whilst Capitalists are only too aware of Marxist’s methods and tactics, and have become adept at countering these tactics, Marxists know little about the Capitalist mentality in full. However, given They found out that they could have contracted directly with the seed company, even underbidding their managers and earning more. experience as a “worker cooperative” corporation as it has undergone expansion at Mondragon’s coops remain largely male (10). A promising idea can result in help to develop a business plan, funding to produce a model, and support right up to the finished product. just-in-time we find particularly important in vouchsafing the health and safety of its The central crisis facing American workers today is their reliance on the Democratic Party to defend their interests. positions within the company are being occupied by females while blue-collar jobs (sorry for my bad english. You can see ETA as narodniks, (although this is a very poor simplification of the question), but they, like all the outlawed basque national liberation movement -which anyways mantain more than 15% of popular support-, still defend today their political project as the union of National Liberation (independence) and Socialism. I have some friends who worked on Eroski supermarkets (which is part of the MCC) and the labour conditions ar not better than other big corporations, that is: very low salaries, diferent workers categories (only a part are associated to the cooperative). to name a few and, while Modragon insists it tries While the Italian fascists were initially hostile to co-ops, they got the green light from Mussolini after agreeing to purge Socialists and Communists. Kasmir explains this anomaly in terms of how they “embodied worker participation, nonconflictual relations between labor and management, and the withering away of class identifications.”. It raises money for and urges its members to vote for the lesser evil. Gender equality in their hiring practices is also On October 27th, the United Steelworkers and Mondragon Internacional, the worldwide network of cooperatives based in Basque territory, announced a new alliance: PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the United States and Canada. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. If that diffusion you talked about magically happened until there was a total transformation, there would be no class struggle at all, anywhere. The news of the MONDRAGON Corporation and its cooperatives. Apple has 98,000 employees and earned $39.5 billion after tax over the past year. The their commitment to the goals of worker participation and improved worker bottom line (11). The ETA (this was before the group evolved in a Narodnik direction) sought to combine socialist and national liberation struggles and the trade union movement conducted illegal strikes that challenged the corporatist status quo. inventory along with other manufacturing practices to increase productivity The idea of worker-owned companies has come to the fore recently in other contexts. The answer is not to cast off Mondragon, but to build on it. Anyhow, I think you are making some real strawman arguments here. mondragon-corporation.com. Comment by Dean — December 10, 2009 @ 7:11 pm. They’ve even set up sweatshops in other countries. Under Mr Cancelo’s guidance the MCC [Mondragon Cooperative Corporation] members have learned to think like the shareholders of any other global business. By the early 1990s several lean production practices had been is doing, many things right as we discussed in our previous two blogs re the Matt Fagerholm 1. The Mondragon Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Basque region of Spain. Co-ops operate on a one-person, one-vote model with producers determining their own fate at the point of production AND system wide. – viewing socialist transformation as pie-in-the-sky, etc. I am referring to the largely foreign contract workers who are not even part of the collective ownership. In fact, in 1965 the fascist regime in Spain awarded Father Arizmendi, the founder of Mondragon, with the Gold Medal for Merit in Work. By the way, the information in my post was entirely drawn from Sharryn Kasmir’s book “The Myth of Mondragon” that about 75 percent of which can be read here: http://books.google.com/books?id=xTp3hf8X0AgC, Comment by louisproyect — December 9, 2009 @ 4:50 pm, […] The Myth of Mondragon https://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/the-myth-of-mondragon/ […], Pingback by #310: Bolivarian Solidarity Conferences 2010 « GPJA's Blog — December 10, 2009 @ 6:31 am, there is a recent interview with worker from the Zanon factory in Argentina, one of the reclaimed factories, here And about a decade ago, there was attention paid to the “recovered” factories in Argentina that had become the focus of Naomi Klein’s documentary “The Take“. We have the Lip Watch factory to show we need a division of labor. One fine morning Joe Mondragon gets mad and kicks at the gate on the irrigation ditch that runs past his dry field. MONDRAGON Corporation is the embodiment of the co-operative movement that began in 1956, the year that witnessed the creation of the first industrial cooperative in Mondragón in the province of Gipuzkoa; its business philosophy is contained in its Corporate Values: Cooperation. Participation. Great article. Sure, even Marx didn’t have a problem with international trade, and doesn’t this imply some sort of market transfer of commodities? [3] | Orphans of Liberty — April 11, 2013 @ 11:25 am. ELA, LAB and minor branch unions are the majority within basque workers, recently launched a general strike against neoliberal politics on crisis, strike that was boycotted by government, businessmen and spanish ‘unionist’ trade unions, calling it ‘political strike’ (of course it was political!! Mondragon Cooperative Corporation. Sharryn Kasmir . (e.g.. Foxconn) when Mondragon experiences an increase in demand from the In their magazine, they charged the cooperatives with: Becoming like any private firm, from the point of view of daily work, the cooperative member is exploited in his/her job in a capitalist firm by increased production, mobility, schedule changes, etc. Thanks for writing this Louis, quite useful, though this subject I think will require a lot more material, because it seems like workers will seek the path of least resistance first – this seems to mean now buying their factories, setting up co-ops, etc. Like other European companies, Mondragon is exposed to fierce competition from developing world competitors with lower labour costs. The Financial Group of Mondragon includes Caja Laboral (Working People’s Bank), a cooperative bank and a credit union at the center of the corporation. You even said that Arizmendi did not support Franco. 33. In 1927 there were 7,131 co-ops and by 1942 the number had swelled to 14,576. Just about everybody has begun to wake up to this, from liberal bloggers like Jane Hamsher to the Congressional Black Congress. I don’t know about fawning over the affluent, whatever that is supposed to mean, but the general consensus is that Obama’s economic policies are a continuation pretty much of the administration that preceded his. […], Pingback by Tings and tings « Poumista — December 18, 2009 @ 6:00 pm. Kasmir’s book is based on solid fieldwork, read it when it came out. Comment by tgmac — December 7, 2009 @ 10:24 pm. The Mondragon Cooperative Group has engaged in a domestic expansion process since the early 1960s and internationally since the 1990s. It is certainly possible that Mondragon might not be the ideal (worker-owned but not necessarily worker-managed), but I think it should be said that it is a step forward from current business practices. In fact, I have yet to find any coherent action beyond the usual polity centric tactics which Capitalism has firmly corraled and controls with consummate ease these days. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Comment by Jacob Richter — December 16, 2009 @ 7:16 am, […] The myth of Mondragon – Louis Proyect debunks Spanish autogestion? Temporary female workers often and that was very good!). The authoritarian ‘left’ and ‘right’ destroyed the only cooperatives and collectives that were truly ‘alternative’ during the Spanish Civil War. Everybody in town knows the water belongs to a big land development corporation. Mondragon’s business structure and corporate values with an emphasis on those aspects The workers, mostly union organizers, challenged the dismissals all the way the U.S. Supreme Court, securing a landmark win that not only got them their jobs back, but also affirmed the constitutionality of the labor law that led to the burgeoning of union organizing, and the growth of America’s large, stable middle class. Indeed, Mussolini pointed to the co-ops as examples of his corporatist ideals. Its response … It is good you put Marx’s words there and what Marx said is as true now as it is true then. Not surprisingly, Mondragon has adapted to a “leaner and meaner” corporate culture that became the norm internationally under what has become known as neo-liberalism. Just as Marx said over a century ago. This of course was to be expected. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. MC’s core values are: Co-operation, Participation, Social Responsibility and Innovation. The superficial understanding and willing inability to counter or confront Capitalist methods is stultifying, to say the least. This exceeds the original Mondragón commitment manufacturing processes as the coops began to be more concerned with their MONDRAGON firms, then, hold 60% of the capital and SHS forms part of the MONDRAGON Corporation. Comment by Emily Scopes — August 16, 2012 @ 12:38 am. Anything other than the sharp shifts in the party line is a waste of time – if the central committee decides everything else should be dropped and cadre intellectuals should begin entering factories as workers to prepare for revolution, then everything but that is dropped. But until I see something truly different from this RADICAL departure from capitalist ownership, I will put my reliance on what these people do as a model we can achieve to dislocate us all from the global capitalism that is strangling the world to death. Close. Good blog, I will follow you! In England, the seeds of the co-operative system were sown by Robert Owen; the workingmen’s experiments tried on the Continent were, in fact, the practical upshot of the theories, not invented, but loudly proclaimed, in 1848. Comment by churchlady320 — November 29, 2012 @ 9:05 pm, […] It’s been lauded by social activists and those of the left around the world. Perhaps you should actually write in your biography how we are to achieve class equality or its abolition. marketplace they draw from a pool of temporary workers to fill the labor gap. an issue. The Mondragon Cooperative Group, which is the 10th-largest entrepreneurial group in Spain, is one of the most outstanding examples of worker cooperatives in history (Mondragon Corporation, 2013). Comment by dannydamage — December 7, 2009 @ 10:54 pm. Indeed, Kasmir makes the case that if political parties and trade unions had been legal under Franco, “political energies never would have been channeled into so unlikely a project as cooperativism”. You may have a “worker owned cooperative”, and then the workers hire people they call “contractors”, who they pay low wages. Instead, Obama talked of downtrodden workers in the former Jones & Laughlin Steel mill in Aliquippa. Comment by kapitalism101 — December 7, 2009 @ 3:16 pm. Mondragon Corporation, a federation of worker cooperatives with headquarters in Spain’s Basque region, is highly regarded for creating both economic and social value. In the 1864 Inaugural Address of the International Working Men’s Association, he referred to them as follows: We speak of the co-operative movement, especially the co-operative factories raised by the unassisted efforts of a few bold “hands”. ), Comment by reader — December 9, 2009 @ 12:24 pm. That is the most equitable and left-leaning corporation in the US. Truthfully, even if there is a socialist revolution this kind of division will also exist. While damning practical socialistic efforts, such as the Mondragon, for their short-comings, despite these efforts having inspired Marx himself, he again falls back on the same old lies and apologies for the centrally regulated supposedly “transitional” state capitalism of the Soviet Union, China, et al, which have practically nothing to do which Marxism except a bunch of superficial rhetoric and a promise of one day supposedly getting to a “workers’ state” that Marx advocated for–a promise on which clearly these state capitalist models (which his heroes like Lenin and Stalin recognized as the basis of their economies) never delivered. Here, we’d like to address a few problems with the Mondragon While often broader struggles are required in organizing and also distributing resources like land, people are often free to sell their labor in the marketplace and negotiate their wages, and they can quietly employ themselves selling their products cooperatively. The bakery in Michael Moore’s “Capitalism, a Love Story” is fairly innocuous but since Mondragon is the 7th largest corporation in Spain and is expanding across the globe using contract labor, I’d have to describe it as a capitalist firm even though it is obviously different than General Motors et al. All the while, the Mondragonites were focusing on the immediate objectives of selling their products, delivering social services to their members and generally avoiding the class struggle. health, http://distributistreview.com/mag/2010/06/mondragon-and-the-global-economic-meltdown/, http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/2011/11/15/cooperativization-on/, http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/language/en-US/ENG/Who-we-are/Introduction.aspx, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation, http://www.ownershipassociates.com/mcc-intro.shtm, http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/ENG/Co-operativism/Co-operative-Experience/Historic-Background.aspx, http://participedia.net/en/cases/mondrag-n-co-operative-corporation, http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/1997/1197huet.html, http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-new-economy/mondragon-worker-cooperatives-decide-how-to-ride-out-a-downturn, http://www.community-wealth.org/_pdfs/articles-publications/outside-us/paper-clamp.pdf, Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences, Cures (2009), The Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease (2000), The Mondragon Corporation: Criticisms - Part 3 of 3, Work stress linked to heart attack risk in older men. You are taking the piss here surely. Waiting for the great mass communist enlightened epiphany hasn’t happened, nor is it likely to. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’ve been waiting for 50 years to find an answer to this question that does NOT involve state corporatism and the perpetuation of power over working people. While Mondragon coops are for-profit enterprises, they are committed to principles beyond the bottom line. In 2008-2009 period, the group fired thousands of workers, mainly people with temporal and lower contracts, exactly the same politic than other ‘fully capitalist’ corporations. For the time being I’d accept social divisions as a necessary evil in a post-capitalist society. An integrated chain of worker-owned enterprises that might promote a green restructuring of the U.S. economy, for instance, would not only be a powerful force in its own right. The USW backed John Edwards in the 2008 primaries and then switched gears to back Obama. I was talking to a friend about Mondragon yesterday, and there was an interesting moment where he had me realize that one has to be careful in semantics. in direct, the company would instead adapt to current global Since then it has ballooned into a gigantic conglomerate with over 280 institutions in areas ranging from manufacturing and retail to agriculture and civil engineering. Excellent blog about the conflict between a progressive company's values and the pressures of the global economy. Image courtesy of Flickr user Fagor Automation. “Stations of the Cross” 3. It is the benefits – and the workers ALL vote on wages, working conditions, production goals. Innovation. Like all the co-op’s foreign employees and most Spanish workers outside the Basque country, the 148 staff at Maier UK – a Lichfield car parts company that MCC bought earlier this year – are not co-op members. The fact that a “progressive” trade union president and his ex-radical admirer can state otherwise is a sign of the problems in the trade union movement and on the left that must be sorted out once and for all. Fully half said they did not. So – what is the alternative to building out an anti-capitalist form of ownership that is controlled by the people themselves. Comment by Steppenwolf — December 6, 2013 @ 8:53 am, […] to on a number of occasions by people on the Left as justification for opposition to cooperatives, here for […], Pingback by Arguments against workers’ cooperatives: the Myth of Mondragon Part 1 | Sráid Marx — January 19, 2014 @ 9:44 pm, […] may even address some, though probably not all, of the criticism from the sectarian left that cooperatives have to play on a market-capitalist field. Water flows into it, and he decides, just like that, to grow some beans in his field. Forcadell also recommends self-criticism and flexibility in the process of democratization. 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