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IBM Union Strike in Second Life

September 15th, 2007 | Category: IBM, Strike, Unions

The strike by IBM’s Italian employees is only two days away, so I thought I would check out what they have available for people to use to walk the virtual picket line. They have a complete strike kit available that includes three signs with slogans like “We will not let go until the contract is signed”, “We demand the signing of the contract in Second Life”, “Their profits rise and our performance bonus is sacrificed”, “We deserve our performance bonus agreement”, “IBM unilaterally trashes its agreements with the union”, and “They slash 1000 from our income”. They also have floating fish that float over top of your avatar with similar slogans. They are serious about this strike, it will be taking place from September 17th until September 30th.

They also have a couple free t-shirts, one for the union and one with a strike slogan on it. If nothing else, they are souvenirs of the first strike held in Second Life.

IBM Union Strike t-shirt

During the talks to renew IBM’s Italian internal collective agreement, the works council, supported by the majority of IBM Italy employees, asked for a small salary increase. IBM responded by cancelling their “productive results benefit”, resulting in a loss of €1000 per year for each employee. For a company that wants to lead in corporate social responsibility, this is unacceptable.

RSU (Rappresentenza Sindacale Unitaria) decided to organize the first virtual strike ever in Second Life with the help of UNI (Union Network International). It is time for IBM, a company with one of the highest profits, to share some of the fruits with its workforce. Source: IBM Union Strike

Union Network International

If you feel like joining in and helping them out, you can register here, if you are new to Second Life, they even give you a few tips on how to get around, how to walk, teleport, find stuff on the map, etc. I haven’t been able to find out the strike location on their site yet, so I figure they will be emailing the final location out to the mailing list.

Union Network International

Here are the Strike Kit Instructions, after the break.
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