Kozhikode: The United Nations is making a documentary to capture the changing profile of a Kerala-based labour cooperative, which is commissioning a 210-crore India’s first cooperative cyber park after a nine-decade long journey in civil construction contracting.
This recognition comes for Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd., (ULCCS) after the United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Lise Grande left impressed with the cooperative’s efforts in bringing about multi-dimensional upliftment of its members, by successfully employing tenets of mutual benefit, togetherness, collective authority and responsibility sharing.
Diversification of the cooperative to sectors including IT and tourism is another aspect of the cooperative that has caught on UN’s interest. The first-of-its-kind Kozhikode-based UL CyberPark, being developed as an IT special economic zone, boasts of a total building area of 4,82,000 sq.ft.
Describing ULCCS as unique, Lise, also the UNDP Resident Representative in India, has said that the documentary would provide great lessons to the rest of the world to imbibe and emulate. “We have not seen a cooperative model as vibrant and consequential as ULCCS anywhere in the world,” she has said.
Expressing happiness at this acknowledgement from the UN, P Rameshan, President, ULCCS said, “Our focus has been on not just making profits but also contributing to society’s development by creating work and livelihood options for the people of the locality. In several cases, we have taken up projects that are beneficial to the member inspite of low profits. Our philosophy of member-first is appreciated; we have not lost even a single day of work due to labour unrest in the last 89 years.”
From a beginning made with 14 members in 1925, Kozhikode-based ULCCS today has around 1,600 permanent skilled labourers in its rolls and provides direct employment to 2,000 workers belonging to rural areas. Rated as Asia’s largest cooperative and India’s best, ULCCS has completed over 3,500 major infrastructure development projects in Kerala including the three phases of the Kozhikode bypass and Kozhikode beach road with four-lane traffic facility.
ULCCS is also behind the UL Technology Solutions that has recently set up its second centre at Technopark, Trivandrum in Kerala.
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