I was told to expect an announcement today by our Secretary, who has his ear into all things co-operative...
The Boards of United Co-op and Co-op Group have agreed to recommend amalgamation to members. Bob Burlton Co-op Group Chair and Bill Hoult United Co-op President said
'If approved by our members it will be the most far reaching merger in the history of the co-op movement in the UK, creating the world's largest consumer co-op, with a turnover of more than £9bn'.
There will be 3 meetings, and as a member in Central region of United Co-op you can attend any of the meetings below and vote for or against.
* Briefing meeting
Monday 5th March, Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester 7.30pm
* Meeting 1 in April where 2/3rds majority is needed.
Tuesday 17th April, Mechanics Institute, Manchester (tbc)
other dates in Wythenshawe, Salford, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale
* Meeting 2 in May (at the same time as the AGM) a simple majority is needed.
Monday 21st May, Pump House Museum, Manchester (tbc)
other dates in Wythenshawe, Salford & etc.
"Assuming the amalgamation is passed by members it will happen THIS JULY!!!
So put these dates in your diary and dig out your pass book - this is history in the making!!!!" Paul Murphy, Chair Manchester Area Co-op Party.
Guardian Unlimited report