The cooperative spirit
Mutual aid is an essential value within the cooperative. Every salt worker works to support his colleagues, particularly when it comes to maintaining communal areas. For example, there's the great dyke-cleaning day, which is organised in spring every year. Repairing the salt works is also an opportunity for great moments of sharing in which each salt worker makes his own contribution to the group. The group also intervenes, in turn, in the salt works belonging to each of its members.
This solidarity is equally strong with regard to new young workers, for whom every “old-timer” is always pleased to pass on his expertise and experience. Every year, the professional salt workers take action to help youngsters setting up in the industry.
The sharing of harvests is another of the strengths of this cooperative spirit. Every year, the salt workers bring their harvest individually to the cooperative.
The salt workers have inherited their expertise from a tradition that goes back nearly two thousand years and has been handed down from generation to generation. And they are now trying to offer it to the people who need it. That's why we have worked with the Chamber of Agriculture to set up a salt worker training centre unique in Europe. We also support the work of the "Univers-Sel” association (founded by the members of the cooperative), which offers technical support to salt producers worldwide.