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.
BBC – How Rochdale Pioneers changed commerce forever
The Rochdale Pioneers-
THE ROCHDALE PRINCIPLES
Dividend on Purchase
Limited Interest on Capital
Political and Religious Neutrality
Promotion of Education