Aug 24

Want to Join a Virtual Picket Line?

Category: IBM, Strike by Stone Culdesac

IBM could be facing a strike in September, but not in real life, in Second Life. Apparently the Rappresentanza Sindacale Unitaria IBM Vimercate, or RSU, the trade union that represents the 9,000 IBM workers in Italy, is planning on striking IBM in SL, and they want as many avatars there as possible.

A statement sent to The Register by the RSU sets out the reasons for the industrial action as follows:

It seems that the reasons for this first virtual strike are related to the renew of the internal agreement. While IBM is one of the company with major profits, its employees are receiving very few fruits of this big mountain of money.
The internal climate is below all the IT industries (taking advantages for the famous IBM’s competitor: HP), and the drop that overflowed the glass is the long and inconclusive negotiation for the internal agreement. While the works council, supported by the majority of IBM Italy employees, was asking for a small salary increase, IBM responded with the complete suppression of the “productive results benefit”, with a loss for a single employee of €1000 per year. For a company that wants to lead the corporate social responsibility, this is really too much. Source: IBM faces Second Life strike

This could be interesting, I know I’m going to show up just to see what happens when you get employees, employers, random avatars and you know some griefers will show up, all mixed together. I will post a Second Life URL to the planned location when I find it.

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  1. [...] Want to Join a Virtual Picket Line? IBM could be facing a strike in September, but not in real life, in Second Life. Apparently the Rappresentanza Sindacale Unitaria IBM Vimercate, or RSU, the trade union that represents the 9,000 IBM workers in Italy, is planning on striking IBM in SL, and they want as many avatars there as possible. [...]

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