Is the John Lewis Partnership in Great Britain a true worker cooperative?
No, definitely not. While all employees are considered partners and together elect 20% of the Partnership Council, that Council is NOT in charge of commercial activities. Commercial decisions are the work of the Partnership Board whose majority is controlled by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman. A real worker coop would have the workers themselves function - in a democratic, one-worker one vote manner - as their own board of directors. The John Lewis Parntership falls well below that standard of worker coop organization. It is, however, a very successful example of workers having considerable ownership and influence and profit sharing compared with the norms of US capitalism.