Castaño i Colomer, Josep



Castaño i Colomer, Josep

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Castaño i Colomer

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Teacher and trade unionist from Barcelona, who was a leader in the Catalan JOC and later worked with the JOC Internationale in Brussels. Author of a history of the Catalan JOC entitled "Memòries sobre la JOC a Catalunya, 1932-1970."


Born in Barcelona in 1931, Josep Castaño Colomer joined the JOC in 1946.

He became a teacher and trade unionist

In 1946 he joined the Christian Working Youth (JOC), which came to be vocal responsible Catalonia in 1951. From 1957 to 1959 he worked in the Secretariat of the JOC in Brusselsand in 1962 in the foundation of the publishing Terra Nova. Between 1960 and 1970 he worked with CCOO and the Union Sindical Obrera, and since 1974 he joined the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia.

In 1974, he published a history of the JOC in Catalonia entitled Memòries sobre la JOC a Catalunya, 1932-1970.

From 1975 to 1981 he was president of the Fundació Roca i Galés for promoting cooperatives.

In 1981 he was appointed by the Catalan government as director-general of cooperatives.

In 1985 he was named director of the Institute for the Promotion and Training of Cooperatives (Institut per a la Promoció i la Formació de Cooperatives), a role he held until his retirement in 1996.

Porcel i Omar published a biography of Josep Castaño i Colomer in 2011.

Josep Castaño Colomer's personal documentation is preserved in the Catalan National Archives.


José Castaño Colomer, Historia de un militante jocista, Nova Terra, Barcelona, 1964

Josep Castaño i Colomer, Memòries sobre la JOC a Catalunya, 1932-1970, Pròleg de Joan Ramon i Cinca, Institut Catòlic d'Estudis Socials de Barcelona, Barcelona, 1974; 235p.

José Castaño Colomer, La cooperative de consumo, Ed. CEAC, 1982; ISBN 10: 843299006X / ISBN 13: 9788432990069

José Castaño Colomer, La cooperativa de ensenanza, Ed. Ceac, 1985, ISBN 10: 8432990132 / ISBN 13: 9788432990137

PORCEL i OMAR, Pilar, Josep Castaño i Colomer. La responsabilitat i el compromís el portaren al cooperativisme, 1931-2000. Barcelona: Ed. Impuls a l'Acció Social, 20


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