A future where work hierarchies are becoming extinct. Workers are autonomous, choosing their working hours, rate of pay and duties, based on their own needs and desires and also the interests of their fellow workers and the survival of the business. Where vegan food is not thought of as totally boring, wierd, limited or 'hippy', but actually as a normal way of eating. Perhaps a future where there are no more slaughterhouses and the only way anyone gets to eat meat is to go and kill and process the animal themselves? Yeah! :)
By setting up a workers co-operative vegan cafe in north London, serving delicious food to vegans and omnivores alike!
I am a completely dedicated and passionate chef. Between 2006 and 2010 I worked as part of a vegan workers co-op cafe. I have been working in a conventionally run cafe for almost two years now and am now ready to open my own, and go back to the co-op model. I really believe in co-operative working and plant-based diets and want to successfully showcase both.
In the Finsbury Park area there are few options for vegans,, and few healthy options in general and I'd like to change that. Initially I'd like to serve lunch and dinner during the week, opening early for breakfasts on weekends, and later, when I have enough confident crew members, to also open for breakfast during the week, providing breakfasts of the healthy and more indulgent kind for workers.
Veganism is important to me and to many others because it seems unnecessary and cruel to farm and kill animals just to fill our bellies, when there is such a plethora of tasty fruits, vegetables, legumes etc, which fill our bellies just as well.
Co-operative working is key because I believe it holds revolutionary potential. A business that is run as a co-operative gives everyone a real voice in how the business is run, because each member of co-op is a worker but also a part owner of the business. I don't believe anyone is too good to mop the floor or scrub pots, or not good enough to serve customers. Workers would work at the cafe for six months before being eligible to join the co-operative, and their membership would then be considered and voted upon by the existing members.