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The Rochdale Pioneers (PG)
Cast. John Henshaw, Andrew London, Jordan Dawes.
Based on a true story of hope, determination and principles, The Rochdale Pioneers is about a group of working men who, against a backdrop of poverty, prejudices and harsh working conditions, set about changing the unfair society that they lived in. Opening their own store - in Toad Lane, Rochdale on 21 December 1844 - and pledging to sell quality, unadulterated products and share the profits fairly with their customers, they laid down values and principles that became the basis for how co-operatives worldwide still operate to this day - principles that are still changing the world almost 170 years later.
Plymouth City Council wants to double the size of the co-operative economy in the city by 2025. We are planning a series of films over the next 12 months to raise awareness of the great work that co-operatives do. We are working in collaboration with PCC to present this series.
Thanks to PCC support, we are offering discounted ticket prices for these events:
Full price £4. Concession £2 for Friends of PAC, OAP, students, underwaged, Under 25, PCA staff and students.
As businesses owned and run by their members, co-operatives offer a solution to the growing sense of powerlessness people feel over business and the economy, giving them control of the businesses they are closest to - whether they shop at them, work at them or supply them. People of all kinds benefit through membership of their co-operative. Farmers are strengthening their position in competitive and global markets. Employees are having a say in how their organisations are run. Customers are influencing the businesses they use. Local residents are saving vital services.