John Merritt has been a long-time activist in the labour, cooperative, trade unions and credit union movement and has been working hard to help establsih the emerging Solidarity Economy in the UK and Europe. He has worked as a Credit Union development worker since 1998 and now as a Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development worker since 2010.
Common ownership, democratic control, a fair distribution of wealth and equality are key commitments across these movements and John champions the development of co-operation, working together, trading together and building a ‘Social and Solidarity Economy’ of egalitarian co-operation.
John served in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, including Northern Ireland (1981) and the Falkland Islands (1982). He has had 16 years experience in Social Work particularly Residential Childrens home and with fostering and passed my DipSW in 2004 1983 – 1987 and 1998 – 2010. He then took his degree Politics and Sociology and was awared a 2:1 in 1991 and then a Post-Graduate degree 1997 and was awarded a Master Of Philosphy for Marx and the Moderns: Democratic and Artistic contributions of Socialist Humanism
Since 1999 Joh has been involved with Credit Unions and was awarded my DEUK in 2008 and from 2010 and worked largely in the field of Credit Union, Co-operative and Social Enterprise enterprise research and development. He has been involved with helping establish the first reading of the Cooperative and Social Enterprise (Development) Bill 2013, founding the 20% Cooperative and Social Enterprise Campaign, undertaking various research projects for Social and Solidarity Economy development both with ERIS (European Research and Information Service) and independently. John is also a member of Unite the Union.