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Why Second Life?

Unions are first and foremost about people. In many countries, unions are the largest form of voluntary organisation, and there are hundreds of millions of union members worldwide, with millions of people taking on voluntary activist roles in their own union.

Individual trade unionists stand to gain a lot from online networking, both in their own countries and internationally. An environment like Second Life helps form networks of friendship and partnership between ordinary union members that just couldn’t happen offline. Over the long term, we aim to build a strong community of grassroots trades unionists around the world.

There are also many other benefits from providing a central facility for trades unionists of this type, in terms of distance learning, and in raising awareness of many different union campaigns and issues.

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