|Issue No 115||12 October 2001|
IT Workers Flock to Join Alliance
IT workers from around the globe have signed up to the IT Workers Alliance in droves in its first 48 hours of operation.
Within days of the launch the virtual union has:
- signed up nearly 100 members
- had over 2,000 visitors who have viewed over 10,000 pages
- received 22 applications to join a union
- received 6 requests from IT Workers needing union help at the workplace
And all this with the paint hardly dry on the ITWA's virtual shingle and the Alliance yet to knock any company doors.
The site was launched by NSW IT minister Kim Yeadon this week at the Sydney offices of Social Change Australia.
While there is no formal membership structures in the short-term, workers are being encouraged to be part of the Alliance by participating in forums and sending in leads to the ITWA team.
They are also being referred to existing unions with a stake in the industry and being encouraged to choose to join one of them. As the Alliance matures and the network grows, members will be canvassed for the appropriate structures and services.
The IT Workers Alliance's new Join-a-Union form at: http://itworkers-alliance.org/home/join.html even received several applications from programmers in Sao Paulo in Brazil (Sao Paulo has a boom IT industry).
They nominated a union: the niao dos Consultores Independentes do Brasil. ITWA staff translated the site using Google and a message was translated into Portuguese to make sure the message got through to the Brazilian union using Altavista's Babelfish translation engine.
First Union IT Deal Struck
Meanwile, workers at a Sydney IT company have established a new best practice framework covering all aspects of their work.
The agreement between Social Change Online and the Australian Services Union (Services Branch) will provide
It will provide the basis of an enterprise agreement for the business, employing more than 60 workers, and become a benchmark for other workplaces in the industry.
Key aspects of the agreement include:
- development of competency-based training and career paths
- a commitment to paying above award conditions, where financially possible
- provision of flexible, family-friendly working hours
- encouragement and support of union participation
- commitment to collective bargaining with union involvement.
Social Change CEO Sean Kidney said, "Having a unionised workplace is good for business, it means workplaces issues are resolved promptly and fairly.
"I'm a financial member of a union myself and encourage all my staff to not only join a union but get active.
Australian Services Union state secretary Luke Foley said he was committed to working with Social Change to create stimulating and sustainable jobs.
"From the ASU's perspective, we want to work with IT workers to ensure they have a stake in this growing industry."
The deal coincides with the launch today of the IT Workers Alliance, a new initiative to create a union presence in the IT industry.
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Workplace: The Enemy Within
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Unions: From the Virtual Coalface
Computer programmer Vince Caughley argues there is a place for unions in the IT industry.
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International: Victims of Terrorism
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Economics: Global Alliances
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Health: The Phantom Menace
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Review: Rings of Confidence
In his study on the 2000 Olympics, Tony Webb argues that the government and unions reached a new level of cooperation.
Satire: Greens 'Quietly Unconfident' of Forming Government
A leaked memo from a senior member of the Greens reveals the party is unconfident of winning government on November 10.
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