The Worker Cooperatives are companies that are characterised by a different type of employment relationship, where partners are both employees of the company, denominated worker-members or worker- owners.The great tradition of the associative and volunteering movement of Basque society (auzolana) makes the day-to-day participation of people in the company to be a demand in all sectors. These cooperatives are the basis of the cooperative movement in the Basque Country, with about 35,000 worker-members. They are companies in which a high percentage (approx. 75% in the Basque Country) of the workers are owners, participating in taking business and management decisions. 1 person = 1 vote
The Basque Country is a particular case, where there are Workers Cooperatives in sectors such as consumer, teaching, banking, agriculture, transports… where usually not given. Some Cooperatives which originally did not have the figure of the worker-member, have gradually adopted it and increased the weight of these members in the Assembly.It is not unusual to find new Cooperatives emerging with different member figures, with similar or different weight. Coexisting different types of cooperative members in one same Cooperative.