Over a period of several months, a series of SHRUB open meetings has discussed possible changes to SHRUB membership and to the formal structure of the cooperative. These changes will now be voted on at a special General Meeting on Wednesday 7th June.
In short, the proposed changes would:
- Make membership free and based on participation in the SHRUB rather than on financial contributions
- Develop a “Friends of the SHRUB” scheme based on regular financial donations
- Allow for people to be both a Member and a Friend if they wished to contribute both money and time
- Change the SHRUB from being a “consumer cooperative” to a “workers’ cooperative” to better reflect the way the SHRUB has developed
Since the proposal was initially developed through these open meetings, it was written up by attendees of the meetings and circulated to all members, supporters and volunteers for consultation. It was then finalised by the Governance and Policy Working Group.
The final document is now proposed for a final vote on 7th June.
The document can be found here: Identity Proposal FINAL