Archive for February, 2003

Trade union websites: Maximizing their use

Monday, February 24th, 2003

According to recent Internet surveys, there are now around 580,000,000 people online. Most of them live in North America and Europe. That number continues to swell even after the “dotcom bubble” burst, and even though in many industrialised countries, Internet growth seems to have reached a plateau.
In light of these nominally huge numbers of Internet users, we wanted to look closer on how IMF affiliates use ? and not use ? the World Wide Web and email.


Online syndication opens new possibilities for union rights campaigners

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

When we think of how we can use the Internet in the service of trade union rights, we’re usually thinking of three things:
1. Provision of information through websites
2. Online protest and solidarity tools such as email generators and petitions
3. Email lists for spreading the word
All of these are essential tools in any online campaign. They are used very effectively by campaigning organisations around the world. But here’s the problem: to know about these campaigns, you either have to visit the campaigning organisation’s website, or be on its mailing list.


Online campaigns work

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

In November last year, the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia closed down for a $400 million face-lift. It was scheduled to re-open in 18 months time.
Several weeks earlier, the Hilton management told shocked employees that they were all going to be fired. Due to a loophole in the law, the maximum redundancy benefit was going to be only eight weeks pay (instead of the usual 16 weeks). Many employees would receive no redundancy pay at all.