SLunionisland » May Day Union Island: International unions in Second Life Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:04:53 +0000 en hourly 1 May Day report Tue, 06 May 2008 13:34:59 +0000 Johninnit Ni in reception

A bit late sorry, but here’s my report on our May Day celebrations in Second Life last week. Please do comment and let us know how it was for you too!

All in all it was a great day, and pretty busy! Our counter prim recorded over 150 avatars calling by the island, with many making several visits to different sessions, but what I think was even better was the range of countries that people came from. Amongst those I met were RL natives of Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mongolia, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA, and there must have been unionists even more countries present that I didn’t talk to – leave us a comment if I missed you out! ;)

The international flavour of the event made things really inspiring, as people who could never normally meet each other face to face, and there was no shortage of topics people wanted to discuss. One such discussion in the bar resulted in the decision to agree a statement from everyone attending about the situation for our colleagues in Zimbabwe.

zimbabwe discussion

This practical solidarity action was quickly co-ordinated with colleagues from South African and France, and put to a vote using SL’s proposal tools. Thanks to everyone for their help, support and comments on this – it’s clear this really resonated with people there on the day, and you can read the final statement agreed here.


In fact the bar, ably tended by New Unionism Network’s Wotcher Tenk, was a bit of a haunt for the whole event, though we did get the usual “party in the kitchen” too, down in reception, where the couches must be just too comfortable for some people to make it up the hill ;)

Erdenesaikhan Eel

It was also great to meet our colleagues from Mongolia, as so few of us ever have contact with this country, and it was great to hear about how unions are helping workers there to get networked and reach out around the country and beyond.

Other sessions involved introductions to Union Island for French and Italian speaking users. Around a third of residents attending were under 3 months old – with more than a few freshly rezzed – so introductory sessions like this, and a crash course (rather literally, given the debris covering the sandbox at the end) in SL building went down pretty well. No doubt we’ll be running this kind of thing again as more people join the community.

drupal session

We also tried more specialist surgeries with Prometheus Hawker on building union web sites with the open source system Drupal, and with Hus Bing, Carlo Bernini and Engels Kas of the TUC Organising Team. We need to really grow the community I think before these become truly successful I think, but I was surprised by the number of people who came especially for Prometheus’ session, and seemed very excited about what they’d learned.

I sadly missed Forelle Broek’s session, presented with Second Life Left Unity, on the history and meaning of May Day, and only managed to log in as it was ending. There were a good number of people there though, and a very positive mood still in evidence. I managed to read Forelle’s presentation later, which has been published on the SLLU site. Go read it if you don’t know how May Day started. Actually go read it anyway – it’s a very good lesson!


And ending things off was a great DJ set from Fracture DJ Beta Bates, who played two hours, with an eclectic set that nevertheless held together really well, and had something to get everyone wooing and yaying throughout. In their best glad-rags and wings or sporting union tees, people were pulling dance moves that many of us never knew we had in us ;)

So I reckon all in all we had a great start to the project, and it’s made me very excited to see what we might be able to do with this next. Running the different sessions has given us some good pointers as to the type of events that people might want more of, as well as practical help with areas of Island management to make future events run more smoothly, like timezones and signposting.

Hope to see you all back on the Island soon!

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May Day in the news Thu, 01 May 2008 13:21:32 +0000 Unionisland Republic A nice bunch of mentions in the blogosphere about us. Here are some of the sites and blogs talking about Virtual May Day.

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May Day morning Thu, 01 May 2008 13:11:35 +0000 Johninnit Ni MindestLohn

A great May Day morning in Second Life. We’ve had visitors from all over the world – from the West of the USA to the East of Mongolia, taking in Russia, South Africa, Belgium, Spain and many more. Sessions this morning included Platoon Dukes from ver.di, discussing their campaign for a German minimum wage, a pretty chaotic 101 building class, which left prim debris strewn across the sandbox, and holding it all together, our capable bar-keep Wotcher Tenk of New Unionism Network, on hand to dispense wit and wisdom, and help network people from behind the bar.

Bar Union

Lots more events this afternoon, so do come by and see what’s happening, with seminars, tours, discussions and parties up until 10pm GMT (2pm SLT) today.

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Hanging the bunting… Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:59:42 +0000 admin flag

Things starting to come together for May Day’s celebrations on Union Island. Start dusting off your glad-rags and big flags. Can you be most fashionably attired unionist;)

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Virtuellt 1:a majfirande (Sverige) Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:42:04 +0000 admin På 1:a maj 2008 lanseras en ny facklig ö – Union Island – i den virtuella världen Second Life™. Det är ett nytt innovativt fackligt projekt i syfte att bygga ett hem för UNIs medlemsförbund och fackligt aktiva på Second Life. UNI News Flash

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1er mai virtuel (Français) Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:40:24 +0000 Uniglobalunion Oh Pour le 1er mai 2008, nous lançons Union Island (l’île syndicale), un projet novateur visant à créer une maison pour les syndicats et les militants d’UNI dans le monde virtuel de Second Life™. UNI News Flash

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Virtueller Tag der Arbeit (Deutsch) Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:37:11 +0000 Uniglobalunion Oh Am 1. Mai 2008 wird “Union Island” (die Gewerkschaftsinsel), ein innovatives Gewerkschaftsprojekt, lanciert, um für die UNI-Gewerkschaften und -Aktivisten/innen eine Gemeinschaft in der virtuellen Welt von Second Life™ zu schaffen. Lesen Sie weiter bei UNI News Flash

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May Day past and present Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:15:02 +0000 Unionisland Republic We’re happy to announce we’re going to be joined for Union Island’ May 1 celebrations by members of the Second Life™ activist group Second Life Left Unity, who will be leading an exploration of the history and continuing relevance of May Day – International Workers’ Day. Come to a short presentation by SLLU’s Forelle Broek on the struggle for decent work and the eight-hour day and the infamous Chicago Haymarket incident, and how they still have echoes around the world to this day.

The event will be at 10am SLT (6pm GMT), in the Union Island theatre, and you can find out about this and other events on the day on our events page. With nine very different events being run by different groups and organisations throughout the day (and hopefully a few more still to be announced), it’s shaping up to be a great programme – hope you can make it!

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Events for May Day Mon, 28 Apr 2008 15:06:39 +0000 Unionisland Republic We’ve nearly finalised our plans for the celebrations on May Day. You can see an up to the minute list from the Google calendar on our events page, but here’s a draft programme to whet your appetites:

SLT GMT CET What’s on? Where
03:00 11:00 12:00

Mindestlohn – a minimum wage for Germany – Deutsch/English

Exhibition Plaza
04:00 12:00 13:00 Building for beginners Sandbox
06:00 14:00 15:00 Guided tours of 5 Photographers exhibition Gallery
07:30 15:30 16:30 Tour de l’Ile Syndicale en français – fêtons le 1er mai ensemble – virtuellement! Union Plaza
09:00 17:00 18:00 Using Drupal to Build Union Websites Theatre
11:00 19:00 20:00 Bargaining to Organise Surgery – support for reps organising at work Bar Union
11:00 19:00 20:00

Introduzione a Second Life – Italiano

Union Plaza
12:00 20:00 21:00 May Day party at Union Island Main Arena

You’re very welcome to any or all of the sessions, and we’re holding events in 4 languages, English, French, German and Italian. Sessions range from practical help for union activists, to letting your prim-hair down and having a dance to celebrate.

(SLT= Second Life Time, also Pacific time. GMT= Greenwich Mean Time, UK. CET= Central Europe Time)

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