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Excellent article from BBC on Rochdale Pioneers (link may not work).

The second article places the story of the Rochdale Pioneers in the historical context of the de-skilling and exploitation of workers exacerbated by the progress of the industrial revolution and the political suppression of the Trades Union movement. 

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BBC – How Rochdale Pioneers changed commerce forever

http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/local/manchester/hi/people_and_places/…/8838778.stm

The Rochdale Pioneers-

http://www.therochdalepioneers.co.uk/the-story/the-pioneers

THE ROCHDALE PRINCIPLES

Open Membership

Democratic Control

Dividend on Purchase

Limited Interest on Capital

Political and Religious Neutrality

Promotion of Education

 

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