Co-ops UK Election to the Worker Co-op Council
As a Workers' Co-op, and a member of Co-operatives UK, Netuxo has votes in the current election to their worker co-op council. As part of the management of the national organisation that represents Co-ops to the public, as well as providing practical support to coops, the members of the worker Co-op council will have important decisions to make.
The letter co-ops UK sent us didn't seem to make it entirely clear what election method they're using, so I've been in correspondence with John Atherton at Co-Ops UK to get some clarification. I wanted to share it here in case it helps any other Co-ops UK members who may be wondering how to vote. John wrote "I think the closest is Bloc Voting which I think is a variant of Approval voting.", and gave a link to http://www.electology.org/approval-similar
As I understand it Bloc Voting, also known as plurality at large will work something like this:
- As co-ops UK tell us in their letter, "there are 6 candidates for 3 places … You can vote for up to 3 candidates and your votes will be allocated automatically".
- Each Co-op has a certain number of votes. For instance Netuxo has four votes. I think this is because we have four employees.
- We can vote for one, two, or three candidates.
- Each candidate that we vote for gets four votes allocated to them. If we voted for more than three candidates then our vote would be invalid.
- Once all the votes are returned to co-ops UK, the number of votes allocated to each candidate is added up. The three candidates who have the most votes are elected to the worker co-op council.
Of course if you want to check any of this then you should do that with Co-Ops UK, not with us.
Votes need to be in by 15 May. The six candidates are:
- Sion Whellens, of Calverts North Star Press Ltd
- Steve Dixon, of Anglia Home Furnishings Holdings Ltd
- Lyn Hope, of Midshires Clothing
- Bob Cannell, of Suma (Triangle Wholefoods)
- Alison Banton, of Dulas Ltd.
- Christopher Robert Tomlinson, of Birmingham Bike Foundry
More information about the candidates is on the UK Worker Co-operatives blog, as linked at the top.