|Issue No 38||05 November 1999|
Unions On Line Conference
By Cath Bowtell
The ACTU, together with the ASU, AMWU, LHMU, FSU, AEU, IEU and CFMEU are conducting a Unions OnLine conference on 15 and 16 November in Melbourne. The confernce is open to all unions, but registrations are filling fast.
Delegates from across Australia and New Zealand will hear from Marc Belanger, founder of Solinet in Canada, and Eric Lee, author The Labour Movement and the Internet: The New Internationalism. conduct sessions looking at the role of technology in organising, campaigning and recruiting.
The conference program has been designed to draw on external expertise and marry it with complimentary knowledge and skills from within the union movement. The program will look at technology issues from diverse viewpoints.
Senator Kate Lundy will speak on democracy and ownership of the web, and access to the technology
Jeannie Rae, from VUT will present a case study where workers rights to email were withdrawn, and the consequent campaign to restore those rights
Rob Robertson from the Optimise Group will conduct a workshop with Sally Mc Manus from the ASU looking at employment trends in the IT industry, and opportunities for recruitment that arise from those trends
Meg Morrison, manager of the Reach Out!, site (which won both the 1998 and 1999 Australian Award for Best Community Web Site), will conduct a session looking at union websites.
Other sessions will cover Servicing and Organising, tools, Online communications, Women and IT, Getting the union office ready, Union Education, Union Research and a showcase of the latest bells and whistles.
A summary of proceedings will be posted on the ACTU website each day.
For details contact Cath Bowtell at mailto:[email protected]
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