We can do Better than Capitalism!

Democracy at Work is a project, begun in 2010, that aims to build a social movement. The movement's goal is the transition to a new society whose productive enterprises (offices, factories, and stores) will mostly be Worker Self Directed Enterprise's, a real economic democracy. 

The WSDEs would partner equally with similarly organised residential communities they interact with at the local, regional, and national levels (and hopefully international as well). That partnership would form the basis of genuine participatory democracy.

D@W Melbourne is a local chapter of this project to develop a social movement for economic and workplace democracy.

Support Democracy at Work in your community.

We are on the brink of a larger mass movement ready to demand alternative solutions to capitalism. This movement can be successful if we are willing to work toward a solution that supports and empowers workers in their respective enterprises. We want to help support those interested in organising and mobilising this movement.

It takes action and advocacy of everyday community leaders to influence policy, politics and culture; as an active member of a group, you are jumping into the front lines of this movement in your community. Join us as we learn how to educate and promote economic democracy in our cities and campuses.


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    Let's change the way we work.

    We advocate for a transition from capitalism to cooperative enterprises as a remedy for a capitalist system that rewards corporate greed and enables socially unacceptable outcomes. 

    Our vision is a society whose offices, factories and stores operate democratically. Join us!

    You are most welcome to join our D@W Melbourne Loomio group.

    Loomio is an online platform that enables people and groups to share their ideas and to collaborate online in developing proposals and making collective decisions without the need for multiple emails or meetings.

    Loomio is a worker-owned cooperative founded by community activists in New Zealand. You can read more about this online platform and its development on the Loomio website.

    As a D@W Melbourne member, you can use the Loomio app to follow and participate in any of our current group discussions and start your own new discussion threads and proposals for group decisions and collective actions.

    Thank you for your participation and contribution to D@W Melbourne.


    Rui Santos

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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 5 rsvps

    D@W Melbourne Monthly Action Group Meeting

    Join us at our next D@W Melbourne Monthly Action Group meeting at 2.00pm on Saturday 15th of July, 2017. 

    All welcome.

    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 09:00 AM · $65.00 AUD
    National Teacher Education Union (NTEU) in Southbank, Australia

    Right2Work Conference

    Why Attend the Right2Work Conference?

    It is currently estimated that nearly 2 million Australians are either unemployed or underemployed.

    There are vast amounts of work that need to be done and hundreds of thousands of Australians who want jobs. It is more costly for society to keep people unemployed or underemployed than it is to employ them and, in light of the very real possibility of a prolonged recession in Australia beginning within the next 12 months, it is critical that all of us understand why efforts to connect work with workers have been ineffective so far and what our country can do to bring about full employment.

    What is the Right to Work?

    Article 23(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

    "Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment."

    The Right to Work has been actively supported by past Australian governments. It worked before and it can work again.

    This historic conference shall see the launch of the Right2Work Coalition and features world-renowned experts who will explain why efforts that have been made over the last several decades continue to fail and present evidence on solutions that have worked before.



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