Sep 26

IBM Strike Time and Place Set

Category: IBM, RL Meets SL, Strike by Stone Culdesac

The strike by the IBM workers in Italy will take place in Second Life tomorrow, September 27th, 2007 starting at 9am and lasting until 9pm, UK time, which, I believe is 4am until 4pm in the eastern time zone. Not sure if I will be able to make that time frame, but I will try to check it out for sure. The protest starting point is here, from there you can put on your t-shirt and grab a sign and teleport straight to the strike sites. From the UNI global union website,

To join the protest on the 27th, follow these 5 steps:

Start Second Life on your computer and go to our Central Platform here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Commonwealth%204/250/5/30 or go to UNI’s house on Commonwealth island http://slurl.com/secondlife/Commonwealth%20Island/99/163/23 and click on the blue spherical Teleport button to Teleport to the Central Platform.
Put your IBM Protest Kit on (t-shirt and one sign or one fish that you can alternate during the protest) - if you don’t have one yet, you’ll find free kits at the Central Platform or at UNI’s house. Please contact webmaster@uniglobalunion.org if you need help.
You are ready! Now click on one of the Teleport buttons on the Central Platform to automatically Teleport to IBM islands in Second Life or other protest locations.
You will meet our staff who will greet you at each location.
The Teleport will not work if there are too many people in at the same time, or if IBM has shut down their islands to stop us from protesting. If your Teleport doesn’t work, come back to the Central Platform and try another location.
On location, you will see our staff wearing very big white banners. Read the instructions on their banners, meet other people and have fun!
When you’re done, you can go back to the Central Platform to protest in other areas! Just hit the Teleport buttons!
Thank you ever so much, on behalf of all IBM Italy workers! Your support means a lot to each and every one of them. Let’s hope this First Virtual Protest brings us positive results!
Source: IBM Protest in Second Life to take place 27th September 2007

They say they will have IBM workers from 18 countries participating, which, if true, will surely make for some slow IBM islands, and some people may not even be able to get there as there is a limit on how many avatars a sim can support, but they will have multiple strike areas you can teleport to. You can follow the events on their website here.

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  1. Barillo Kohnke November 9th, 2007 4:26 pm

    Breakthrough at IBM Italy

    One month after a virtual protest staged in Second Life with almost 2’000 avatars demonstrating on IBM islands, a new contract with IBM Italy has been signed.

    The new agreement, which still needs to be approved by the IBM Italy workforce, reinstates the performance bonus that was cut unilaterally by IBM Italy management.

    The agreement signed by IBM Italy and the trade union Rappresentanze Sindacali Unitarie (R.S.U.) not only includes the performance bonuses from 2007 up until 2010 but also payments by IBM into a national health insurance fund and also states that negotiations will continue with respect to IBM industrial and business strategies in Italy and the improvement of internal communication policies.

    The situation abruptly improved and negotiation resumed after the former country manager left IBM in the mid of October, who had signed responsible for the pay cuts in the first place. His departure cleared the air and facilitated constructive negotiations between social partners as this could be expected from a professional management of a high-tech company.

    The virtual demonstration organized on 27 September for a whole day has certainly had an impact on the positive development. Almost 2’000 virtual protestors from 30 countries populating IBM premises in Second Life solicited an unprecedented media echo from all over the world, including TV and radio stations, daily news papers, computer and business magazines. The virtual protest had been supported by global unions such as the International and European Metalworkers Federations (IMF and EMF) and UNI Global Union.

    The threat of strike action in the “real world” by the Italian unions after the virtual protest has certainly also helped to break the deadlock. Yet, the impact of this historical action in Second Life must not be underestimated.

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