New members from India and Kiribati joined the ICA in January 2019

04 Feb 2019

The International Cooperative Alliance is happy to welcome the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Ltd. (ULCCS LTD) from India, and Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Cooperatives from Kiribati as a full member and associate member, respectively.

ULCCS hails from a rural pocket in Malabar region in North Kerala. Acknowledged as the best Labour Cooperative Society in India by Indian Cooperative Congress 2013, National Co-operative Federation of India and National Cooperative Development Corporation, ULCCS was formed as a novel mass movement against the anarchies of the caste system. It has grown today as a name synonymous with quality, workmanship, precision and efficiency in Construction work, especially that of roads and bridges in Kerala.

Participation in the work undertaken by the Society is mandatory for membership. Members are paid weekly wages as per the quantum of work undertaken by them. A part of the wage earned will be contributed towards strengthening the membership in the Society.  In addition to wages, the Society also undertakes specific measures to ensure the welfare of its members throughout their lifetime. 

ULCCS currently has 1990 members and 4280 non-members.


The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Cooperatives of Kiribati  is one of the government ministries established in 1995. Its main functions are to enhance the development of the private sector including cooperatives and credit unions, provide business and cooperative training, auditing of cooperative and credit union societies; enhance the flow of foreign investment; promote and regulate business trade. The Ministry has joined a number of memberships to international bodies and recently received support and approve to join the ICA.

There are more than 200 cooperative societies registered in Kiribati.



The newest membership statistics are therefore:

315 member organisations of which 270 are full members and 45 are Associate Members from 110 countries. 


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